Trial set for man charged in attempted murder case

Charles Henry Cook Jr.

WINCHESTER – A Clear Brook man who was indicted in March on attempted capital murder charges told Frederick County Circuit Court that he wanted law enforcement to shoot him.

Charles Cook Jr., 43, has been charged with four counts of attempted capital murder, four counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of possessing a firearm as a felon, all while on probation for previous convictions. After a revocation hearing Monday and court motions Tuesday, he’s scheduled to appear for jury trials for those charges on Dec. 16 and Jan. 11.

During Monday’s revocation hearing, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Andrew Robbins said that the court should impose all of Cook’s previously suspended sentence for a rape conviction. Robbins played dash camera video footage from Feb. 7, when officials had responded to the 300 block of Browns Lane.

Sgt. D. Holliday of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, one of the responders, testified that he had heard gunshots from the front porch of the residence before Cook left the porch and approached police that were stationed there. He said he saw Cook fire the weapon after law enforcement had yelled at him to get down and testified to shooting Cook in the hip to stop the threat.

Cook told the court that he meant to harm himself but couldn’t shoot himself, instead intending to get responding officers to shoot him. He testified that he had told his daughter and parents goodbye before the incident.

Judge Randy Bryant told Cook that his actions were “reckless beyond imagination and dangerous beyond imagination,” and that the “consequences could’ve been catastrophic” before revoking time suspended from Cook’s underlying offenses.

Robbins made a motion on Tuesday to continue Cook’s case since the gun involved in the incident is still at a laboratory. Cook’s charge of possessing a firearm as a felon is set for trial on Dec. 16, while his other charges are scheduled for trial on Jan. 11 and 12.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com