A Virginia man faces a murder charge after allegedly fatally shooting his wife on the back deck of their home in the presence of a child, PEOPLE confirms.
Bernie Lee Thompson, 58, was arrested Friday night after authorities responded to a call about a shooting in the town of King and Queen Court House just after 6 p.m., the King and Queen County Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post.
Upon arrival, sheriff’s deputies had a brief standoff with Thompson, who ultimately surrendered and was taken into custody, the post states.
During a search of Thompson’s home, deputies found the dead body of his wife, Jo Ann D. Thompson, 55, on the back deck with a single gunshot wound.
Thompson was transported to a local hospital for medical observation.
A child was present during the alleged shooting but was unharmed, the post says.
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The relationship between the couple and the child is unclear. After the shooting, the child was returned to parents, the post says.
Thompson has been charged with second degree murder; use, attempt to use or display in a threatening manner a firearm while committing or attempting to commit murder while being a parent, guardian, or a person responsible for the care of, a child under the age of 18 years of age; and committing a willful act or omission in the care of a child so gross and wanton as to show a reckless disregard for human life, the post says.
He is being held without bond at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center while he awaits arraignment.
He has not yet entered a plea and it’s unclear whether he has retained an attorney.