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Posted July 23, 2012 | 46 Comments
Man killed by police had prior record
By Sally Voth - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Woodstock man fatally shot by a Shenandoah County Sheriff's deputy Friday night had a history of violence, according to court records.
State police spokesman Sgt. F.L. "Les" Tyler confirmed Monday afternoon that William Henry Long, 34, was the man shot and killed by Deputy Tom Frazier.
Frazier was slashed in the neck and arm by Long before firing his weapon, according to Sheriff Timothy C. Carter. Frazier and several Woodstock police officers, were called to 330 Shaffer St. shortly before 9 p.m. Friday for a report of a man threatening people with a knife, Woodstock Police Chief Eric Reiley said.
Neighbors who overheard part of the incident described hearing officers deploy Taser devices on Long before he was shot. They also said children were camping in a tent on the property. Throughout the evening, several children were led off the street to waiting relatives.
Two Woodstock police officers were also injured in the confrontation, with one suffering lacerations from the knife wielded by Long, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
Nearly four years ago, sheriff's deputies were called about an incident at Long's then home at 48 Bowman Lane, Fort Valley, according to a criminal complaint on file in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
According to the complaint, Deputy A.N. Springer responded to 208 Picadilly Street in Edinburg on Aug. 31. The complaint states that Spring spoke with Crystal Long, who said her husband William Long "threw her to the ground and stomped her in the head approx. 15-20 times" and then he put her "in the bathtub and turned on the water..."
The deputy observed multiple red marks on Mrs. Long's face and neck and on her arms, and blood coming from her ear, according to the complaint.
For that attack, a jury convicted Long of misdemeanor assault and battery in Shenandoah County Circuit Court, according to online court records, and he was sentenced to a year in jail and fined $2,500. He was also ordered to pay more than $3,700 in restitution.
In March 2010, Long was charged with violating a protective order involving his estranged wife, according to a criminal complaint. At that time, he was living in an apartment at 217 Center St., in Edinburg, according to the complaint.
The complaint, written by Deputy M.S. Miller, states Mrs. Long claimed Long had called her, threatening to break her car window, and a short time later, she found it had been broken. Miller also listened to a voicemail in which Long seemed upset about Mrs. Long's new relationship, according tot the complaint, and the deputy was there when Long called again.
After pleading guilty in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in April 2010, Long was sentenced to nine months in jail, with seven months suspended, according to court records.
Online Shenandoah County General District Court records indicate Long was sentenced to six months in jail -- all suspended -- and one year of probation in 2002 for destruction of property, was fined $25 for contempt of court in 2002, was fined $25 for public intoxication in 2002, and received a two-month suspended sentence and a year of probation for another property destruction charge in 2002. He also had several traffic violations, according to records.
Woodstock police and the sheriff's office have asked the state police to investigate the shooting. Tyler didn't release any further information on Monday.