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BLUEFIELD, Va. - Authorities Sunday captured four suspects linked to the shooting of a Virginia sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop Friday. Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrested Wallace S. Kinder Jr., 34, of Cedar Bluff; Roxie Amanda Short, 24, of Bishop; Scottie Lee Stinson, 27, of Bandy; and Tracy Stinson Coxton, 32, also of Bandy. They face attempted capital murder charges. They had been wanted since the Friday shooting of Tazewell County Deputy Eric Mullins.

Additional charges are pending. Police could not say late Sunday if any of the suspects had attorneys. Authorities captured them at about 8:30 a.m. after a Washington County Sheriff's deputy working radar enforcement on U.S. Route 19 saw a vehicle matching the description of a 1986 Ford F150 wanted in connection with the shooting, said Virginia State Police Sgt. Mike Conroy. The officer tried to stop the car, which turned off the roadway and into a driveway. There, police said the suspects surrendered without incident. They've since cooperated with investigators, Conroy said. "Stinson, during the interview, was relieved that the deputy was not injured seriously," Conroy said. Authorities across three states spent the weekend on the lookout for the suspects. At about 6:40 a.m. Mullins, stopped a white Mitsubishi on U.S. 460, Conroy said. The car contained two men and a woman suspected of robbing two convenience stores earlier in Tazewell County, Sheriff H.S. Caudill said. Mullins called for backup; as Bluefield officers approached, police said shots fired from the car. The Mitsubishi fled. Police found the car abandoned hours later about two miles away near Bluefield College, Conroy said. Mullins, who was shot in the stomach, was wearing a bulletproof vest. He was treated for minor injuries at Bluefield Medical Center and released, Conroy said. Officials placed Bluefield College and a high school and middle school in Bluefield, Va., and four middle and elementary schools in West Virginia on lockdown Friday. Bluefield straddles the state line.

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