Suspect arrested in double shooting

Civitas Media Staff Reports
Greyling Dwayne “Benny” Davis -

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office has apprehended a suspect they believe is connected with a double shooting Sunday morning in Grayson County.

That news was released by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office shortly before 1 a.m. March 21. The agency said Greyling Dwayne “Benny” Davis, 52, of Grayson County, was taken into custody by Alleghany County (N.C.) law officers early Monday morning after he crashed his car.

Police across northwestern North Carolina and southwest Virginia launched a manhunt for Davis early Sunday morning.

“They had a double shooting this morning,” Ashe County (N.C.) Sheriff James Williams said shortly before noon March 20. “One dead and looking for suspect.”

Davis, a registered Virginia sex offender since 1998, allegedly fled the scene of the shooting in a 2006 white Chevrolet Cobalt. Williams and Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan advised people Sunday morning to be on the lookout for Davis.

Williams said Sunday that Davis was last seen traveling in the Cobalt on NC-18 heading toward Wilkes County. The license plate on the car is listed as MP1330, according to Williams.

According to news reports, bond was set at $350,000 for Davis, who has scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Police said Karen Cates and David Patton were found shot shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday at Cates’ residence at 20 Terri Lane in Galax. An estranged girlfriend of Davis, Cates died later Sunday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., while Patton was treated and released.

Multiple news agencies are reporting Grayson County law enforcement officials believe Davis came to Cates’ door and knocked at approximately 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning even though there was a protective order in place between the two parties. Davis is alleged to have returned to Cates’ residence at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday morning before encountering Patton outside. Grayson officials have reportedly maintained that Davis forced Patton to enter the home at gunpoint before shooting both Patton and Cates.

Grayson deputies said a firearm was found in Davis’ vehicle at the scene of the crash early Monday morning.

Greyling Dwayne “Benny” Davis Dwayne “Benny” Davis

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