Man charged in Woodstock shooting

Douglas Johnston

Douglas Johnston

Authorities charged a Woodstock man with the brandishing of a firearm, reckless use of a firearm leading to bodily injury, and discharging a weapon in an occupied dwelling following a shooting that occurred Monday night.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office received a call shortly after 7 p.m. regarding a shooting at 265 Hickory Lane, a residential home east of Woodstock.

According to Capt. Wes Dellinger with the Sheriff’s Office, authorities charged Douglas Brantley Johnston, 57, with the crimes.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered a 68-year-old male who suffered a gunshot to the left heel. Dellinger said the man was shot following a struggle for control of the weapon.

Dellinger said a 57-year-old woman reported Johnston pointed the gun at her at one point during the incident. She also quarreled with Johnston for control of the weapon, and disarmed him during the bout.

Dellinger said Johnston and the two victims all lived at the residence at the time of the incident.

Although Maj. Scott Proctor described Johnston’s behavior as a “mental health crisis” in an interview Monday, Dellinger clarified this was an interpretation of Johnston’s behavior, not a doctor’s diagnosis.

Authorities seized a .38 caliber firearm from the residence in connection with the crime.

Johnston is being held without bond at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. He is set to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court at 11 a.m. Oct. 14.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or

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