Handcuffed Virginia suspect escapes from deputy custody
WTVR / Buckingham County
Deputies say Carl “Buster” Edward Shifflett fled on foot. Investigators believe he was picked up by an accomplice driving a vehicle.

By Vernon Freeman Jr., WTVR

BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -- A manhunt is underway for a man who escaped from the custody of Buckingham County deputies while handcuffed Wednesday night.

Carl “Buster” Edward Shifflett, 45, escaped from deputies while at the Buckingham County Courthouse at approximately 10 p.m.

Deputies say Shifflett fled on foot and lost deputies who gave chase in the wood line just west of the courthouse off of Route 60.

Investigators believed that Shifflett was picked up by an accomplice driving a vehicle.

Shifflett was in custody for non-violent misdemeanor offenses. He has several outstanding warrants from Albemarle and Buckingham Counties: seven misdemeanors and two felonies, according to the sheriff’s office.

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