Man charged with four counts of attempted murder

Charles H. Cook

A Frederick County grand jury indicted a Clear Brook man Thursday on four counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer in a case that left the defendant wounded by gunfire from a Frederick County deputy.

The defendant, Charles Henry Cook Jr., 42, of Clear Brook, also faces four counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The charges are the result of an officer-involved shooting at Cook’s residence in the 300 block of Browns Lane on Feb. 7. Deputies were dispatched to the scene around 10 a.m. after a 911 caller reported someone in the residence threatening suicide.

Authorities say deputies found Cook at the scene and tried to calm him down until he fired a gun at the deputies. One of them, Sgt. D. Holliday, fired back and hit Cook. Cook was taken to Winchester Medical Hospital with what authorities called serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Robbins said Cook was arrested about three weeks later.

“I believe he was released from the hospital and taken into custody on a probation violation,” Robbins said of the defendant.

Cook appeared in court Thursday and was returned to the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center where he remains held without bond.

The underlying offenses listed with Cook’s alleged probation violations include rape, trespassing, vandalism, child endangerment, obstructing justice and failure to appear in court.

Online court records show Cook was charged in 2004 with shooting into an occupied building. The charge was later dropped.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation in the Culpeper field office of the Virginia State Police investigated the shooting before turning its findings over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney office. The state police investigation was conducted at the request of the Sheriff’s Office, a normal procedure when someone dies during an interaction with a law enforcement officer employed by a local jurisdiction.

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