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Deputies: Man wanted for fatal Easley shooting apprehended in VA

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Joshua Ray Wilder. (Source: Deputies) Joshua Ray Wilder. (Source: Deputies)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office say the suspect in a fatal shooting in Easley from over the weekend was located in Virginia on Monday.

Deputies said they responded to the 200 block of Courtney Drive Saturday night. It happened just before 9 p.m. and was reported by a homeowner who said a guest from out of town had been shot one time by another guest that was seated on a couch in the home's den area.

Deputies said initial reports indicated the shooting was an accident.

The victim was identified by the Sheriff's Office as 37-year-old Christy Parsons. Parsons was transported to the hospital with a wound to the upper torso, and was pronounced dead there a short time after the shooting.

Deputies said four other adults aside from the victim were in the residence during the shooting, and detectives were able to interview two of those witnesses.

The other two witnesses fled the scene in a vehicle before deputies arrived at the residence. Deputies were able to establish that it was one of these two witnesses that fired the fatal shot at the victim.

Detectives then conducted additional interviews along side Virginia authorities.

As a result of the investigation, the sheriff's office said detectives confirmed that a single gunshot was fired from a handgun as the shooter was seated on or at least near a couch in the den area of the residence. Deputies said the handgun didn't belong to the homeowner.

Deputies identified the shooter as 32-year-old Joshua Ray Wilder of Jonesville, VA.

Wilder was located on Monday at a residence in Lee County by the Lee County Sheriff's Office around 4 p.m.

The sheriff said they got word that the suspect was at a friend's house in the York Community of Lee County. The Tactical Team then "caught him by surprise" and were able to arrest him without incident.

Wilder faced a judge in Virginia on Tuesday, at which time he waived extradition allowing Pickens County detectives to bring him back to Pickens County. He was booked into the Pickens County Detention Center at approximately 5:10 p.m.

He will face an involuntary manslaughter charge.

The investigation is ongoing.

Deputies said the victim is also from the Virginia area and is believed to be a cousin of Wilder.

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