Shooting suspect in custody

WOODSTOCK – Shenandoah County authorities said Tuesday night they had taken a suspect into custody in the shooting of a man in his Mount Jackson home on Feb. 16.

Maj. Scott Proctor said the suspect is a male who was arrested around 7 p.m. Proctor said the man’s identity and other details would not be released Tuesday night.

“He is in custody because we have probable cause to believe he is responsible for shooting the victim,” Proctor said, adding “interviews have been conducted and we’re waiting to get the formal charges.”

A search warrant affidavit filed Thursday stated that deputies and a New Market police officer were called to the home of the victim, Michael Cline, at 1809 Dodson Road and found what appeared to be a bullet hole in a window on the east side of the residence.

Cline was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg for treatment of a gunshot wound to his cheek, the affidavit stated. Cline was later flown to the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

Proctor said earlier Tuesday that Cline has since been released from the hospital.

The search warrant affidavit, filed by Investigator Kolter A. Stroop of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, states that deputies were dispatched to Cline’s residence after Cline’s girlfriend called the county’s emergency communications center and reported that Cline had called her and told her he was bleeding. He also asked for the rescue squad. Cline’s girlfriend was not with him at the time of the call.

Stroop wrote: “When asked by emergency medical personnel on location what had happened, Cline stated that all he heard was (a) pop, and he started bleeding.”

Deputies arriving at the scene did not see or hear any activity around Cline’s residence, the affidavit states. They entered the residence and found Cline on the couch holding a bloody rag against his cheek, the affidavit states.

Stroop wrote that one of the deputies “noticed what appeared to be a bullet hole in a window on the east side of the residence. The house was cleared, and no one else was in the residence besides Cline. “Cline did not give any statements to the deputies at the scene.”

The search warrant inventory listed an unspecified number of firearms and ammunition recovered at the scene, along with a cartridge case, glass window, cell phone and an unspecified green leafy substance.

Shenandoah County authorities said Tuesday that investigators had recovered another firearm, a rifle, since the filing of the search warrant inventory.

“We do believe the other firearm is related to the incident,” Proctor said. “That will have to be confirmed through analysis.”

“There was evidence collected at the scene,” Proctor said. “That evidence does have to be sent to the forensics lab for testing.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 459-6100.

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

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