Suspect In Christmas Eve Shooting Death Arrested

Fitz Turns Self In Early Saturday

Posted: January 4, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A Harrisonburg man wanted in the shooting death of a father of three on Christmas Eve turned himself in early Saturday at the Rockingham County Jail.

Delano Dontae Fitz, 28, is charged with first-degree murder, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and felony use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He was arrested ​at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday after surrendering to police at the advice of family members, according to a press release.

Police say Fitz shot Traman T. Turner, 27, of Harrisonburg, in ​the parking lot of a townhome subdivision​ on Commerce Drive shortly before 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 24. Sources say ​Turner​ was shot three times and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police believe an argument between the two men began when Turner arrived at a woman's home on Commerce Street. Police say Turner had a child with the woman, who was living with Fitz at the time of the crime. The argument then led to gunfire.

The Christmas Eve crime was not the first run-in with the law for Fitz.

In December 2008, Fitz was convicted in Amherst County on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. He was sentenced to five years in prison with all but seven months suspended.

Fitz is being held without bond in the county jail pending his first appearance in Rockingham County General District Court on Monday.


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