Man charged in shooting death

By Alex Bridges

WINCHESTER — A Stephens City-area resident stands charged in the shooting death of a man killed in Frederick County on Aug. 3.

A Frederick County grand jury indicted Eddie Alvin Debraux Sr. in Circuit Court on Thursday on one count each of felony homicide, discharging a firearm into an occupied building, use of a firearm in the commission of murder and shooting or stabbing in connection with a felony.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Ross Spicer explained Thursday that felony homicide is the accidental killing of a person during the commission of another felony crime, in this case shooting into an occupied building.

Clifford Lynwood Athey Jr. ordered Debraux to remain held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond at Spicer’s request. Debraux is scheduled to appear in the court Sept. 4. Attorney J. David Black represents Debraux on the new charges. The public defender’s office represents Debraux on related charges in Frederick County General District Court. Spicer said it’s his hope to consolidate all charges in the Circuit Court.

Authorities accuse Debraux in the Aug. 3 shooting death of James Trenary. Capt. Donald Lang, of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, said last week that an autopsy shows Trenary died from a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen.

A search warrant filed in the Circuit Court Thursday afternoon but executed Aug. 3 at Debraux’s townhome at 234 Nottoway Drive sheds more light on the shooting. Authorities also seized a pistol, numerous pieces of ammunition, gun targets, a belt with a security-officer badge and handcuffs, holsters and papers related to firearms.

Deputies responded to a “shots fired” call in the 200 block of Nottoway Drive on Aug. 3, according to the warrant. Deputy S.V. Alger was advised that a person “possibly involved in the discharging of a firearm was on the telephone talking with the Frederick County Emergency Communications Center,” the warrant states.

The man in the home later identified as Debraux “was holding a shotgun in his hands and pointed the shotgun toward Deputy Alger,” the warrant states. “Deputy Alger drew his service weapon and gave the individual … verbal commands to drop the weapon.”

The deputy secured Debraux, searched the man and found a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P .40-caliber pistol concealed in a pants pocket. The deputy found an empty gun magazine in another pocket. Alger read Debraux his Miranda rights, the warrant states.

Debraux told the officer he had been punched in the mouth and the deputy saw that Debraux had a bloody lip. Debraux received medical treatment at the deputy’s request.

A witness told the deputy that Debraux was standing in the front yard of the Nottoway Drive home with a pistol, then heard and saw the man fire several gunshots from the weapon.

“[Concerned citizen no. 1] stated they overheard Debraux Sr. yell, ‘This ain’t over,’ and then observed Debraux Sr. run back inside the residence,” the warrant states.

The deputy states that Debraux “had shot the weapon in self defense from the individual with whom he had engaged in a physical altercation with earlier, prior to Alger’s arrival.”

The deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Debraux’s breath and the man admitted he had had several drinks earlier. A breath test confirmed Debraux had alcohol in his system, the warrant notes.

Bullets fired from the pistol in the direction seen by the witness struck two vehicles and a house, according to the warrant.

It wasn’t until 2:40 p.m. the same day of Debraux’s arrest that the communications center received a call to check the welfare for a person living at 206 Nottoway Drive. Deputies responded and a family member of Trenary’s arrived to help officers enter the home. Deputies found Trenary unresponsive and lying on the floor of a bedroom on the second floor of the home. Trenary later was pronounced dead. Further investigation revealed a bullet hole in the vinyl siding on the second floor of the home.

The warrant notes that Debraux was seen firing the weapon the night of Aug. 2 and in the early morning of Aug. 3.

Debraux is scheduled to appear in Frederick County General District Court on Oct. 17 where he stands charged with reckless handling of a firearm, shooting in a public place and firing a weapon across a street as well as three counts of destruction of property. Court records show all offenses occurred on Aug. 3.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or

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