Separate incidents involving a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a pedestrian getting hit by a vehicle are under investigation by the Front Royal Police Department.

At 1:20 a.m. Sunday, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office requested town officers investigate a shooting incident in the 200 block of North Royal Avenue, according to a news release from the Front Royal Police Department.

During a speeding traffic stop on the road, deputies found passenger 19-year-old Zackary Allen Funk suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the arm, the release states.

Both Funk and the driver indicated the firearm accidentally fired while at a town residence, the release states, and they were on their way to the hospital.

Funk was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital and treated for a non-life-threatening wound and released, the release states.

Detectives are actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting, the release states. There are currently no charges.

Anyone with further information is asked to contact Front Royal Police Detective Sgt. J.M. Winner at 540-635-2208 or

In the pedestrian accident, Front Royal resident Elmo Russell Edwards, 62, was struck by a motor vehicle Friday night in the 500 block of South Royal Avenue, a separate news release states. He was struck by a southbound 2018 Kia SUV driven in the right lane by Gabriel Kajekas, of Herndon. Kajekas and another witnessed remained on the scene. 

Edwards was airlifted to Fairfax Inova Hospital with life-threatening injuries, the release states. A message to the hospital left by The Daily seeking an update on Edwards' condition was not immediately returned.

A preliminary investigation found that neither speed nor alcohol were a factor, the release states. Edwards was not using a crosswalk, the release adds.

This investigation remains active, the release states. Witnesses should contact Officer J. Seal at 540-635-2111 or

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