FRONT ROYAL - A town man was recently charged on several felony counts after allegedly firing a gun through the front door of a Ritenour Street home and in the direction of the resident.
Christopher James Tewalt II, 25, was charged on counts of malicious shooting, shooting a gun within 1,000 feet of a school, shooting at an occupied building, assault, vandalism and probation violations. According to online Circuit Court records, he has previously been found guilty of heroin distribution, entering a structure to commit assault, gun possession by a nonviolent felon and more.
According to a criminal complaint, police responded Jan. 16 the 300 block of Ritenour Street for a report of a "weapons offense." Upon arriving at the scene, the complaint states, officers were advised by a victim that Tewalt "shot at him."
The complaint states that Tewalt came to the house, knocked on the front door and advised the resident to stay away from a woman. After the victim told Tewalt he was just helping the woman's family move, the complaint states that Tewalt fired a gun through the front door and "pointed the firearm directly at the victim and shot" then ran away. The shots were fired within 1,000 feet of a day care, according to the complaint.
The complaint states the victim's front door had shattered glass "with a small hole in the window."
Tewalt was booked into the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Thursday, where he remains held without bond. He is due to appear at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Warren County General District Court.