Arrest made in connection to 2014 Fas Mart clerk shooting in Spotsylvania

Derrick Sprouse (Photo: Spotsylvania Co. Sheriff's Office)

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (WRIC) — The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that an arrest has been made in connection to the March 2014 shooting of a store clerk at a Spotsylvania Fas Mart.

More than a year later, police say 33-year-old Derrick Sprouse will be indicted for the robbery and shooting.

Authorities say the suspect approached the counter and asked the clerk for a smokeless tobacco product.  When the female employee turned her back to the suspect, he pulled out a hand gun and shot her in the back of the head.  The suspect then grabbed an ephedrine locked cabinet and ran out the front door, shooting the victim a second time in the face on the way out the door.  The victim, though shot multiple times in the head, was able to call 911, before collapsing to the floor.

(Photo: Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office)
Surveillance photos from the robbery in 2014. (Photo: Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office)

The victim miraculously survived. Police say she has since undergone multiple surgeries to repair damage and still endures pain on a day to day basis.

For the past 14 months, detectives have investigated over 100 leads and tips with the assistance of the FBI and ATF. More than 100 interviews were conducted in multiple states, police say.

After thorough investigation, 33-year-old Derek Ross Sprouse of Spotsylvania, has been formally indicted by the Special Investigative Grand Jury for the armed robbery and shooting.

Sprouse is currently incarcerated in North Carolina awaiting trial for a February 24, 2015 Armed Robbery with a dangerous weapon in Kings Mountain, North Carolina of a convenience store.

Once he is extradited back to Virginia, Sprouse will be served direct indictments for robbery of a business with use of a gun, malicious wounding, use of a firearm in commission of felony robbery, use of a firearm in commission of felony malicious wounding, use of firearm by a convicted felon and probation violation to revoke a suspended two year, six month sentence for felony child abuse.

Sprouse is currently in jail in North Carolina on charges related to a separate convenience store incident.

Stay with 8News for more on this developing story.

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