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Michael Carey Miles and Roger Earl Davis are accused of firing weapons as law enforcement officers approached them.
Michael Carey Miles
Roger Earl Davis
Friday, June 7, 2013
A grand jury in Franklin County brought new or modified charges this week against two men who are accused, in two separate incidents, of firing weapons as they were being approached by law enforcement officers.
Michael Carey Miles, 60, of Rocky Mount was indicted Monday on a charge of reckless handling of a firearm.
Police have said he shot himself as he was being arrested last month on a charge of possession of child pornography. He was indicted in May on 50 counts of possessing child pornography and also faces 22 additional counts on the same offense in Roanoke.
Miles was injured May 9 when deputies went to his home to serve an arrest warrant, according to Franklin County Sheriff’s Investigator Jay Mason.
Mason said Miles left his house from a different door, fired a high-powered rifle once and “sustained facial injuries from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.” He was hospitalized until May 21 and is now being held without bond at the Roanoke City Jail.
Also on Monday, the grand jury indicted Roger Earl Davis on charges including two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, two counts of using a firearm as a felon, reckless handling of a firearm, possession of a firearm as a nonviolent felon and destruction of property.
The assault charges against Davis, 68, replace previous counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer.
Davis was arrested March 31 after deputies were called to his home near the intersection of Webster Road and Meadow Farm Lane in the Redwood area, investigators have said. Deputies spotted Davis walking away from a burning tractor near his home, carrying a gas can in one hand and a scoped .22-caliber rifle in the other. They said when they approached Davis, he leveled his weapon and fired.
A deputy who testified at Davis’ preliminary hearing on May 16 said the gun “appeared to be pointed in our direction” but no one was injured. He said Davis eventually dropped the rifle and complied with the deputies’ commands.
The tractor that was burned belongs to a neighbor of Davis’, Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Allen said.
Davis is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
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