STRASBURG – A decision to file charges or not in a shooting incident in Strasburg last week was not made by the Shenandoah County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office as of Friday afternoon.

Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter said Friday that the county commonwealth's attorney, Amanda Wiseley, was briefed earlier in the day, but his office was awaiting a decision from her to place charges, if any.

Wiseley did not immediately return a request for comment.

The briefing and update from Carter came after his office was asked by Wiseley on Wednesday to re-interview people in the June 9 fatal shooting of 54-year-old Jeffrey Mays Tate at 2342 Copp Road, Strasburg, to get a better idea of what happened.

The person of interest, who was temporarily detained and is cooperating with the investigation, was not a stranger to Tate, who lived at the residence, Carter said.

The search warrant filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on Monday states that a witness, who reported the incident Thursday evening, had heard a conversation outside the residence that was followed by several gunshots.

The witness walked around the residence, found Tate with multiple gunshot wounds, and then contacted police, the warrant states.

The Sheriff’s Office and Strasburg Police Department responded to the address, along with emergency medical personnel who were unsuccessful in their life-saving attempts, the warrant states. Tate was declared dead at the scene, the warrant states.

The warrant, which was requested the night of the shooting, states it seeks to collect evidence in relation to a charge of murder. Seventeen shell casings and a knife were seized at the scene, the warrant states. A handgun had been recovered from the scene, Carter has previously said, but he declined to describe the caliber.

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Darrin Gifft

17 shots fired and possibly no charges ? let me guess he had a knife.

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