A Warren County grand jury indicted a man accused of accidentally shooting his friend in the foot.
Steven Wendell Timbers Jr., 20, of 7147 Academy Road, Warrenton, stands indicted on charges of unlawful discharge of a firearm in an occupied building and reckless handling of a firearm.
Reckless handling of a firearm is a Class 1 misdemeanor that carries a maximum punishment of up to 12 months in jail. Unlawfully discharging a firearm in an occupied building is a Class 6 felony that carries a maximum punishment of up to 12 months in jail or up to five years in a state penitentiary plus a $2,500 fine. Timbers could lose his right to own or possess a gun if convicted of the felony.
Officers with the Front Royal Police Department responded to 104 Steele Ave., Front Royal, on Sept. 9 for a report of a juvenile suffering a gunshot wound to the foot, according to a criminal complaint filed with charging documents in Timbers’ case. Authorities investigating the incident found that Timbers accidentally fired a .45-caliber handgun at a 16-year-old male friend in the basement of the residence, the complaint states. A bullet struck the teen in the foot, causing minor injury.
Timbers told police the magazine of the gun was empty but he did not realize a cartridge was still in the chamber, according to the complaint.
“Timbers stated that he was ‘playing’ with the gun when he pulled the trigger and the gun fired,” the complaint states. “Timbers and another witness fled the scene before units arrived and (the juvenile) was transported to Winchester Medical Center for treatment.”
Police interviewed the other witness, later identified as Marquis Cameron, who provided the same version of the events, the complaint states.
Police arrested Timbers on Sept. 25, and he did not appear to have been booked in Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.
At the time of the alleged shooting, Timbers was under court order to remain on good behavior for 12 months after a Fauquier County judge deferred disposition on a charge of possession of marijuana. Timbers pleaded guilty to the charge in Fauquier County General District Court on July 23.