FRONT ROYAL – Nick Ranstad, the North Carolina man arrested on Saturday and charged with reckless handling of a firearm and shooting inside a building, was released from the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Tuesday.
Ranstad was arrested by Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies Saturday after he admitted to picking the lock on the window of a home to check on the welfare of the occupant, according to a report filed by Lt. Phillip Henry with the Sheriff’s Office. Ranstad told deputies he saw the man had a gunshot wound to his head and, in distress, fired one of the firearms he had with him four times inside the home.
Sheriff’s deputies charged Ranstad with misdemeanor reckless handling and felony shooting in an occupied building but declined to say whether other charges would be followed as the investigation continues.
Sheriff’s deputies confirmed the man Ranstad said he saw with a gunshot wound had died.
Ranstad had a hearing in Warren County District Court Tuesday morning where a judge granted him release on a $10,000 secured bond. Ranstad is allowed to leave Virginia but had to waive extradition, according to an order for continued custody.
Ranstad must return to Warren County for a hearing on Aug. 7.