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Roger Earl Davis, accused of firing a rifle at two deputies, has been charged with attempted murder.
Roger Earl Davis
Thursday, April 4, 2013
A Franklin County man is charged with attempted murder following a Sunday incident in which he is accused of firing a rifle at two deputies, according to the sheriff's office.
Roger Earl Davis, 68, of Redwood faces two counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer. Franklin County Sheriff's Office Lt. Justin Sigmon said officers were called to Webster Road, in the Redwood area of the county, about 6:15 p.m. Sunday. The caller alerted officers that a neighbor was driving his vehicle through their yard and had struck several objects.
Sigmon said the deputies arrived and spotted Davis walking away from a burning tractor near his home, carrying a gas can and a rifle.
Deputies C.T. Mayo and J.D. Hylton rounded a building and encountered Davis, Sigmon said. Sigmon said Davis pointed his rifle at the deputies and fired one shot when they approached him.
Sigmon said the deputies weren't hit, but they took cover and then flanked Davis and commanded him to drop the rifle.
Davis dropped the weapon without further incident, Sigmon said, and was taken into custody. In addition to the two attempted murder charges, Davis faces a felony property damage charge, a misdemeanor property damage charge and a charge for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He is being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail .
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