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Monday, August 28, 2017

Thomas Burns, 53, identified as assailant who killed chef, took hostage at Charleston restaurant

A 53-year-old ex-convict was identified Friday as the disgruntled employee who killed the chef of a popular Charleston restaurant and took another person hostage.

Thomas Demetrius Burns, 53, whose last address was listed as Argonne Street in West Ashley, faces a murder charge in connection with the deadly episode at Virginia's On King restaurant, jail records show.

He is accused of killing Shane Whiddon, 37, Virginia's executive chef and a father, authorities said. No one else was hurt.


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