Thursday, April 8, 2010

More On Shooting Arrest

The following was taken from the National Park Service Morning Report;

Blue Ridge Parkway

Man Arrested For Shooting Two People In Park

On April 6th, an 18-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were watching the
sunset at Rock Point overlook on the parkway near Stuart’s Draft, Virginia,
when they were attacked by a man with a shotgun. Both survived, but the man
suffered critical injuries to his head and face and his prognosis is
uncertain at this time. The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office led the
multi-agency investigation, which included NPS rangers and special agents,
FBI and ATF agents, Forest Service officers, and Virginia State Police
troopers. An anonymous “Crime Stoppers” tip was subsequently received that
identified Ralph Jackson of Stuart’s Draft as a suspect. Jackson was taken
into custody yesterday afternoon through a cooperative effort by the above
agency, supported by a Park Police tactical team and their Eagle 1
helicopter and crew. Jackson has been interviewed and has given information
consistent with his having done the shooting. Prosecutors form the US
Attorney’s Office and August County will determine what charges will be
made and which jurisdiction will handle the case. The park is grateful for
the assistance received law enforcement personnel from all the involved
agencies, including Shenandoah NP and New River Gorge NR, and for the way
they managed this case. The hard work of the investigators was critical in
attaining the positive and expedient outcome. For a related news story,
click on the link below. [Steve Stinnett, Chief Ranger]

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