Hearing set for man charged in accidental shooting

WOODSTOCK – An Edinburg man charged with inadvertently discharging a firearm in a building and the reckless handling of a firearm appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court on Friday to schedule a preliminary hearing, which will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 9.

Jonathan Michael Shrader, of 114 Printz St., entered the courtroom clad in an orange and white jumpsuit. His attorney, Ryan Nuzzo of the public defender’s office, did not seek bond for Shrader.

Officers arrested Shrader in the early morning of Oct. 18. They responded to a call regarding a shooting and proceeded to obtain a search warrant for the apartment.

Once inside, they seized a spent shotgun shell, several unspent shells and a shotgun, according to the warrant. No injuries have been reported from the incident.

Likewise, the warrant states Shrader admitted to the accidental firearm discharge over the phone to police officers.

Officers also seized several materials consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine and use of illegal drugs, including two sets of digital scales, five smoking devices, one bag of lithium batteries, two plastic bottles made into smoking devices and a sludge pot, according to the warrant.

Although the commonwealth has not charged Shrader with any drug-related crimes, a news release posted on the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page states further charges are possible pending a lab analysis report from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com.

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