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Local man charged: attempted murder

Reported assault with firearm led to an arrest Sunday

By Kaitlin Mayhew kmayhew@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- A Winchester man was arrested late Friday night and charged with attempted murder and use of a firearm, among other crimes.

According to a Winchester Police Department press release, officers responded to the 1600 block of South Braddock Street at about 10:30 p.m. after a report of gunshots fired.

When police arrived at the scene, they saw witnesses pointing toward Holiday Drive.
Witnesses had seen a man flee the area after firing a handgun, the release said. They also provided a description of the suspect.

Joshua Clay Coffelt, 20, was located matching the description given by witnesses.
He was detained pending the investigation.

Officers spoke with several witnesses on the scene that said Coffelt had gotten into an altercation with several males on South Braddock Street.

The release stated that Coffelt assaulted one victim, robbed a second victim of an undisclosed amount of money and fired a weapon in the direction of a third victim.
The assaulted victim was transported to Winchester Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

During an investigation by detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division a handgun was located during a search of the area and is suspected to be the firearm used in the crime.
Sergeant Frank Myrtle of the Winchester Police Department said he
does not believe Coffelt had a permit for the weapon.

Coffelt was transported to Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center after his arrest and is charged with possession with initent to distribute crack cocaine, robbery, attempted robbery, three charges of use of a firearm while committing a felony and attempted murder.

The crack cocaine was discovered during a search of his person.
Coffelt is being held without bond.

Myrtle said the preliminary hearing for Coffelt will be held on Oct. 3, but he will more than likely have a bond hearing before that.

If anyone has any further information about this incident, they can contact the Criminal Investigations Division at

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