Man held in shooting case

Cline charged with attempted first-degree murder
Brandon Cline

Brandon Cline

WOODSTOCK – A Mount Jackson man is being held in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail after being charged with the attempted first-degree murder of his father.

Members of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Michael Cline, 20, of 6284 Railroad St., at his home around 7 p.m. Tuesday after linking him to a shooting on Feb. 16 that left his father, Michael Cline, 52, of 1809 Dodson Road, with a gunshot wound in the cheek.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Michael Cline was wounded by a shot fired from outside of the residence into the inside. Search warrant documents state that deputies found what appeared to be a bullet hole in a window as they investigated the incident.

Proctor had no information about the motive for the shooting.

Brandon Cline has also been charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and using a gun in the commission of a felony.

“He was developed as a person of interest a few days ago,” Proctor said of Brandon Cline.

Michael Cline was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg after the shooting and later to the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville from where he has since been released.

Brandon Cline appeared in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Wednesday afternoon in an RSW jail uniform. Judge Kevin C. Black appointed an assistant public defender to represent him after determining that Cline lacked the money to pay for his own attorney. Black, upon the recommendation of Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda McDonald Wiseley, ordered Cline held without bond, citing the seriousness of Cline’s alleged crimes.

Authorities seized several guns found at Michael’s Cline’s residence in the hours after the shooting and found an additional firearm, a small caliber rifle, days later.

“We believe it’s connected to the incident,” Proctor said of the rifle. “It’s been recovered and needs to be analyzed.”

Proctor said someone discovered the rifle in a pond several miles away from the shooting and reported its location to the Sheriff’s Office.

Proctor said the rifle was “not submerged,” which indicated it was probably found lying on the pond’s frozen surface.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540-459-6100.

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

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