Thursday, February 4, 2016

Homicide-Suicide Investigation

February 4, 2016

The Richmond Police Department is investigating a homicide-suicide that was discovered following a report of a person down yesterday morning.

At approximately 7:57 a.m. on February 3, officers responded to the 1300 block of East Cary Street where they found Richard Burton, 58, of the 1800 block of Heckler Street in Henrico County, suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the manner of death suicide.

Investigation of that incident led detectives to conduct a welfare check on Mr. Burton’s girlfriend. At 6:24 p.m. yesterday, officers responded to the residence in the 2400 block of Burton Street. Inside they located the body of Velda L. Garner, 57, of the 2400 block of Burton Street, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Arcellious Demery at (804) 646-5999 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. Citizens can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers online at or text 274637, using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.