Lawyers in Shenandoah County are waiting for the outcome of a trial in Rockingham County before proceeding with charges against Umar Burley in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
Umar Burley, 51, is facing several charges in Shenandoah County, including three counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer stemming from a pursuit and arrest involving a Mount Jackson police officer, a Virginia State Police trooper and State Police first sergeant.
He 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 operating a motor vehicle, brandishing a firearm, felony eluding and two counts of failure to report property damage from a traffic crash.
Burley, of Baltimore, is accused of shooting his girlfriend in Harrisonburg, shooting at a law enforcement vehicle, and leading several agencies on a pursuit that ended in Woodstock in December.
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 using a firearm in the commission of a felony, felony eluding and misdemeanor brandishing of a firearm.
The Rockingham County charges are scheduled for a three-day jury trial beginning March 1.
Burley faces up to life in prison.
On Wednesday, the Shenandoah County cases were continued to 10 a.m. March 16 by Judge Kevin Black as Burley's Harrisonburg-based attorney Aaron Cook and Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda Wiseley await the results of the Rockingham County trial, Cook said by phone interview Wednesday. Burley appeared in-person for his Shenandoah County Circuit Court hearing Wednesday, Cook added.
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 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.