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A Fauquier County man faces attempted capital murder of a police officer following a shooting May 4, 2011, in Warren County. Tony L. Baird, 45, of Warrenton, was released from UVA Hospital in Charlottesville at approximately 5 p.m. Monday (May 16). UVA Police took Baird into custody and charged him with four felony warrants stemming from a shooting incident involving the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Virginia State Police have charged Baird with attempted capital murder of a police officer, assault and battery of a police officer, destruction of property and eluding police. Baird is now being held without bond at the Albemarle County Jail pending extradition to Warren County.
Shortly before 2 a.m. on May 4, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received an “attempt to locate” bulletin from Fauquier County about a suicidal subject, Tony L. Baird, operating a blue GMC pickup truck. Warren County deputies located the vehicle about an hour later in the area of Highway 340 and Chapman Farm Road. As the deputies attempted to make contact with Baird, he refused to comply and put his pickup truck in reverse and rammed it into one of the deputy’s patrol cars. Baird then put the pickup truck in drive and rapidly accelerated towards a second deputy’s patrol car as the deputy was standing next to it. The deputy fired on the pickup truck in attempt to stop Baird from running him over. Baird narrowly missed the deputy and the patrol car and fled the scene. The pickup truck ended up crashing into a large rock formation.
Deputies removed him from the vehicle without further incident and he was transported to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of a gunshot wound to the arm.
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office Police Shooting Team investigated the shooting at the request of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. The investigator’s findings have been turned over to the Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney for final determination.
- Joint release from Virginia State Police & Warren County Sheriff’s Office
In the late evening hours of May 17, 2011, Front Royal Police arrested David Allen Bowden, 19, of Front Royal in reference to the theft of copper wire from the Town of Front Royal Electric Department. The arrest was a culmination of teamwork between personnel in the Detective Division and Patrol Division of the police department.
Due to the high volume of copper theft in the region, police personnel were conducting surveillance at the electric department in the 500 block of East 6th Street when they observed Bowden shoot out an exterior light with a pellet gun, cut pieces of barbed wire from a fence and enter a secured parking area of the electric department. Once entry was gained, Bowden removed several spools of copper wire from service trucks in the lot and attempted to leave the area with the copper when confronted by police personnel. Bowden was apprehended in the area after a short foot chase by officers. Bowden has been charged with two felony counts including Grand Larceny and Larceny with the Intent to Sell or Distribute. He is also charged with two misdemeanor counts including Criminal Trespass and Destruction of Property. Bowden is currently being held at the Warren County Jail with no bond pending court proceedings. Anyone with additional information in relation to this offense is encouraged to contact Detective Jason Lethcoe with the Criminal Investigations Division at 540-636-2208.
- From a release
By Daniel T. McEathron
Warren County Sheriff
Warren County Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 4, 2011 at approximately 1:39 a.m. an attempt to locate bulletin was received from Fauquier County for a suicidal subject operating a blue GMC pick-up truck.
According to Sheriff McEathron deputies searched for the vehicle and located it approximately 3:06 a.m. parked in a pull-off in the area of Highway 340 south and Chapman Farm Road. Deputies made contact with the subject who was non-compliant. The subject proceeded to put his vehicle in reverse and ram one of the sheriff’s office cruisers while the deputy was partially out of the vehicle. The subject then refused to stop and proceeded toward the second deputy‘s vehicle that he was standing beside. The deputy discharged his weapon at the individual and the subject proceeded to flee the scene where the vehicle came to rest approximately 200 yards south and striking a large rock formation. Deputies assisted by Virginia State Police and Front Royal Police were able to remove the subject from the vehicle without further incident. Rescue personnel were called and transported the subject to Winchester Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his right arm area. He was later transported to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.
Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations was called to investigate the incident. The investigation is ongoing at the time.
By Dan McDermott
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