Strasburg police arrested a town resident Friday on drug charges and charges related to the reckless handling of a firearm.
According to a criminal complaint in the case, patrol officer Christopher Wayne Nixon received a call that someone had accidentally fired a gun.
Strasburg Police Chief Wayne Sager said that when Nixon arrived at the scene of the residence of Robert Frankenfield Jr., Frankenfield had a gunshot wound to his hand.
According to the criminal complaint, Nixon noticed two “glass smoking devices” as he was trying to find the weapon involved in the incident.
“I obtained a search warrant and returned to execute the search warrant,” the complaint states. “I went to the location I observed the smoking devices (at) and they had been moved. The smoking devices were located in a suit case by their bed.”
The search warrant was executed on Friday, Sager said.
P0lice also found three ounces of marijuana and some cocaine during the search.
After police searched the residence, they arrested Frankenfield and Bethany Ann Frankenfield on charges of possession of a Schedule I or II drug, possession of marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute.
According to the criminal complaint, “Ms. (Bethany Ann) Frankenfield had knowledge of the location of the devices.”
Police also charged Robert Frankenfield Jr. with possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance, discharge of a firearm in a dwelling, and child endangerment.
According to the criminal complaint, Robert Frankenfield Jr. “stated that he was cleaning his girlfriend’s gun and while he was [disassembling] the firearm it discharged and shot through his hand.”
Sager said that the child endangerment charges came because children were in the house when Robert Frankenfield Jr. allegedly shot himself in the hand.
“The discharging of the firearm made the entire environment in the residence there unsafe,” Sager said of the child endangerment charge.
After receiving the gunshot wounds, Robert Frankenfield Jr. was transported to Winchester Medical Center.
He is being held without bail at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Bethany Ann Frankenfield was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.