Defendant in shooting ordered held without bail

By Joe Beck

WOODSTOCK — A local man accused of shooting another man was ordered back to the RSW Regional Jail and held without bond after an initial appearance Monday in Shenandoah County General District Court.

The defendant, Daniel Edward Windle, appeared in court in a jail uniform and without an attorney. Judge W. Dale Houff appointed an attorney to represent Windle at his next appearance scheduled for Friday.

Windle, 29, of 229 Lakeview Drive, has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding and using a firearm in commission of a felony.

Court documents made available Monday identified the victim as Julio Angel Torres.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Albert Mitchell said Torres was seriously injured by a shot fired from what court documents described as a 9mm caliber handgun.

“It appears the victim is going to survive but there was considerable surgery involved,” Mitchell told Houff.

A criminal complaint signed by Investigator Paul Taylor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said Torres was shot in the upper right chest and shoulder area “and was in need of immediate medical attention” after deputies were called to Windle’s residence at about 11:22 p.m. Friday to investigate a report of gunshots.

Taylor wrote that Windle said during an interview that “he and Torres had engaged in a physical altercation” earlier the same day.

Torres threw “a rock or brick-like object through the front window of Windle’s residence,” according to the criminal complaint.

“Windle also acknowledged that, as a result, he produced a 9mm caliber handgun and fired one round through the glass window,” Taylor wrote, adding that Windle said “he was unaware as to if he injured Torres.”

Torres was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and then to Winchester Medical Center after it was determined that Torres needed emergency surgery, according to the complaint.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com