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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012 7:30 am

A man wanted for a weekend shooting death in Harrisonburg was taken into custody by Staunton police Thursday night after hours of attempting to get him out of a city residence.

Dallas Chaplin, 19, of Staunton, was arrested without incident about 6 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of West Peabody Street, said investigator Chad Nestor of the Staunton police. Staunton Police Chief Jim Williams told NBC 29 the department's critical incident response team found Chaplin in a basement of the residence.

Chaplin was wanted on warrants of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony by the Harrisonburg police. The warrants were obtained Wednesday and are in connection with the slaying early Sunday morning of Ben Graessle, 19, of Harrisonburg. Graessle was found unresponsive and shot outside his apartment at The Commons on Port Republic Road in Harrisonburg around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Williams said Harrisonburg police had notified his department early Thursday and told them Chaplin could be in Staunton. Surveillance of the residence in the 200 block of West Peabody started in the morning. Ultimately, a search warrant was obtained for the residence.

Williams told NBC29 that police used numerous strategies to get Chaplin to surrender. A police robot went into the residence Thursday afternoon. Police also made hundreds of loud calls to get Chaplin out. Ultimately, tear gas was used.

Nestor said other departments helping with Thursday’s arrest were the Augusta County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

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