June 13, 2022
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – Chesterfield County Police have arrested one suspect in relation to an incident that occurred in the 4500 block of Centralia Road on Sunday, June 12.
At about 3:30 a.m. on June 12, police responded to a reported abduction in progress at a residence in the 4500 block of Centralia Road. An adult female victim reported that she and an adult male victim had been assaulted and held against their will in the residence by an adult male suspect who is known to them. The female victim was able to escape the house and call police.
When officers arrived, the adult male victim ran out of the house and the suspect, identified as Christopher A. Courteau, 29, ran upstairs. Courteau came back downstairs wearing body armor and holding a revolver. Officers ordered him to put the gun down; Courteau initially ignored the orders, but then put the gun on a table and immediately charged an officer. After a brief struggle, during which several officers were assaulted, Courteau was placed in handcuffs and taken into custody.
After investigation, Courteau, of the 4500 block of Centralia Road, was arrested and charged with: two counts of abduction; two counts of attempted capital murder; three counts of brandishing; three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; five counts of assault on a law enforcement officer; shooting into an occupied dwelling; malicious wounding; unlawful wounding; attempt to disarm a law enforcement officer; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; use of body armor while committing a crime; and felony obstruction of justice.
Courteau is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond. The investigation indicates that Courteau is the male victim's roommate, and the female victim is the male victim's girlfriend.
Police continue to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660, or through the P3 app.
Photo: Christopher A. Courteau