nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
      Archives | Subscribe | Special Sections

Local News arrow Courts & Legal News

| 0

No charges in police shooting of Stephens City man

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- The lawyer for the family of a Virginia man fatally shot by Martinsburg police says he will seek a federal investigation of the incident after a grand jury declined to indict the officers.

Sherman Lambert told media outlets that he was disappointed by the Berkeley County grand jury's decision.

"My response to the no true bill of indictment is decent people will not accept that response," Lambert said Wednesday. "If that is the case, I don't think anyone is safe in Berkeley County because it appears to be a concerted effort whereas if you are shot and killed nothing is going to happen to the shooters if they are city of Martinsburg police officers."

The grand jury's decision came about four hours after it heard witnesses and received the findings of an investigation of the shooting, Berkeley County prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely told media outlets. The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police branch of the Eastern Panhandle Drug & Violent Crime Task Force.

Games-Neely said that the case also was reviewed by an outside expert on training of law enforcement officers.

She declined to identify the five Martinsburg officers involved in the shooting.

Police have said Wayne Arnold Jones, 50, of Stephens City, Va., was shot on March 13 after he stabbed on officer during a scuffle. The officers had stopped Jones while walking on a city street. He told the officers he had a weapon but wouldn't say what it was, and police said he grew angry and refused their subsequent orders. He fled into a doorway, and the officers pursued.

In the scuffle that followed, police said, the officers used stun guns on Jones, and he allegedly stabbed one of the officers in the torso. Police then shot Jones several times.

Jones' family filed a $200 million federal lawsuit against the city of Martinsburg and the five officers in June, alleging the officers used unreasonable force.

"I am deeply disappointed that the system didn't work for Mr. Wayne Jones," Lambert said. "And I regret that the federal authorities will have to do what the prosecuting attorney should have done."

Games-Neely said that the case was thoroughly investigated.

Keep up to date on local news

Sign up here to receive Northern Virginia Daily news delivered to your email box each morning and when breaking news occurs.


Comments that are posted represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. View our comments/submisssions policy. Report abuse by clicking the X next to the comment.

Local News Sections

Affordable Care Act Agency on Aging Agriculture Alex Bridges Apple Blossom Festival Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Breaking News Business Charities Civil War Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Holidays Homes In The Spotlight Jeff Nations Joe Beck Josette Keelor Kim Walter Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mount Jackson New Market Page County Pets & Animals Politics Progress 2013 Quicksburg Religion Rockingham County RSW Jail Ryan Cornell School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Steven A. Boyce Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review

News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Comments/Submissions Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

2013 Virginia Press Association Sweepstakes Winner
The Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!

nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com