Man charged with shooting firearm into ground

Authorities with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office charged a Strasburg man Saturday with the brandishing and reckless handling of a firearm.

Capt. Wes Dellinger, of the Sheriff’s Office, said the charges were filed against Earl Glassel Preacher Jr., 68, after police received a call of shots fired on the 300 block of Pouts Lane in Strasburg.

“A deputy arrived on scene and determined the suspect went outside the residence to retrieve his dog, who had ran off,” Dellinger said. “While doing so, he discharged a firearm into the ground to get the dog’s attention. He fired the weapon four times into the ground.”

In clarification, Dellinger added Preacher is accused of firing a pistol, and he fired it twice in his own yard, and twice in an adjacent property in the proximity of a juvenile.

However, there is no reason to believe Preacher threatened anybody with the weapon.

“The gun was never pointed at anybody, it was just pointed at the ground,” Dellinger said.

Preacher has since been released on personal recognizance, and is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County General District Court at 11 a.m. Dec. 9.

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