WOODSTOCK — The local case against the Baltimore man accused of shooting at State Police and driving a U-Haul from Harrisonburg to Woodstock won't be resolved until after the charges he faces in Rockingham County are resolved.
Umar Burley, 50, faces several charges in Shenandoah County, including three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer stemming from a pursuit and arrest that involved a Mount Jackson police officer, a State Police trooper and a State Police first sergeant.
Burley also faces charges of using of a firearm in an attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, shooting an occupied marked law enforcement vehicle, using a firearm while using a motor vehicle, brandishing a firearm, felony eluding and two counts of failure to report property damage from a traffic crash.
Judge Kevin Black continued the cases to 10 a.m. Nov. 17 for a status update after Burley’s attorney, Aaron Cook, stated Burley's similar charges in Rockingham County are set to go to trial in March.
The desire is to have the Rockingham County charges resolved before the Shenandoah County ones, Cook told the court. Shenandoah County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Layton, who was filling in for Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley, had no objection.
Burley is charged in Rockingham County Circuit Court with felony attempted capital murder of a police officer, felony malicious wounding, felony attempted murder, felony shooting at an emergency vehicle, two felony counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, felony eluding and misdemeanor brandishing a firearm.
Burley faces up to life in prison.
The investigation into Burley began at about 9:50 a.m. Dec. 10 when officers responded to a shooting at the Motel 6 on South Main Street in Harrisonburg.
The victim, whose name hasn’t been released, was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and later released.
Around 10 a.m., police say, a State Police trooper saw the suspect’s vehicle traveling north on Interstate 81 at the 254-mile marker in Rockingham County. The trooper pulled up to the truck and the driver shot out the patrol vehicle’s back window.
Burley fled the scene in a U-Haul truck on Interstate 81, leading police to Woodstock when State Police vehicles forced him to stop on the south shoulder of the road in the 22000 block of U.S. 11.
State Police recovered a firearm at the scene.
According to The Baltimore Sun, Burley received a nearly $8 million settlement from the city of Baltimore in the Gun Trace Task Force police scandal. The newspaper reported that Burley served seven years in prison after officers planted drugs in his car.
Burley is being held without bond at the Rockingham County Jail.