Man arrested nearly 2 weeks after fatal Staunton shooting

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (Mar. 8):

The man wanted for murdering 37-year-old Melanie Wade in Staunton last month has been arrested.

According to the Staunton Police Department, 22-year-old Orion Painter was arrested without incident on March 8 by Augusta County deputies.

He was immediately taken to the Staunton Police Department and brought before the magistrate, and is now at Middle River Regional Jail.

Wade was found with a gunshot wound in the 100 block of South Sheets Street on February 23 and died at the UVA Medical Center the next day.

Painter was then charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Police were also searching for Deborah Ann Bennett, a 60-year-old woman believed to be in Painter's company who was reported missing the same day.

She was with Painter when he was arrested.

The investigation into Wade's murder is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call either the Staunton Police Department at 540-332-3842 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-322-2017.

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The search continues for a man wanted in connection to a shooting that left a Staunton woman dead, police reported late Saturday evening.

22-year-old Orion Painter — now charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony — is considered armed and dangerous.

Police responded to the 100 block of South Sheets Street, not far W. Beverley St., around 1:30 p.m. on Friday. A woman, identified as 37-year-old Melanie Wade, was found with a gunshot wound.

Wade died at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville on Saturday evening, police confirmed.

Painter may be operating a Silver Jeep Cherokee with Virginai tags VNT-8427. He's described as approximately 6' tall and 220 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anybody with information about this incident is asked to call Staunton Police Department.