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A man wanted in the shooting death of a Garysburg man last week was apprehended in New York City Wednesday, according to the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Deputy Scott Hall said details surrounding the arrest of 29-year-old Chaundler Robert Lashley were not immediately clear but he said in a statement the man was arrested by task force officers of the New York Police Department and the United States Marshals Service with assistance from the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Fugitive Task Force.

Lashley was arrested around 1 p.m. and currently awaits extradition to Halifax County.

The sheriff’s office obtained a warrant last week for Lashley’s arrest in the shooting death of 58-year-old Willie Carl Clements.

The man was found deceased after Rheasville volunteer firefighters responded to a house fire on Nations Road around 5:45 p.m. January 5.

The sheriff’s office said last week that Lashley has ties to the area through his childhood.

Authorities learned that Clements was shot and killed following a house fire call just outside the city limits of Roanoke Rapids.

Firefighters reported to deputies that upon entering the home they located a pot on the stove that had been overheated and caused heavy smoke. 

Once the smoke cleared, the firefighters discovered a deceased male inside the home. 

Clements died from an apparent gunshot wound and early indication is that the pot was left on the stove intentionally to conceal the man’s death.

Clements was a visitor to the home.