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Shotgun blast in parking lot leads to arrest

From the Stafford Sheriff’s Office:

A Spotsylvania County man was jailed last night after mistaking the Walmart cart corral for the O.K. Corral.

On November 9th at 6:45 p.m. Stafford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Walmart at 11 Village Parkway for a disturbance with a weapon. A witness reported a suspect had fired a gun from the passenger window of a Chevy Avalanche parked in the store’s parking lot. The suspect proceeded to exit the vehicle, leaving the gun behind, and walked around the parking lot. The witness checked on the driver of the Chevy and determined she was not injured.

The witness also observed the shotgun on the center console. The driver of the Chevy left the scene before deputies could arrive, taking the firearm with her. Witnesses formed a posse to keep an eye on the suspect as he walked through the parking lot and into the nearby McDonalds. Deputies arrived on scene and detained the Yosemite Sam mimicker without incident as he exited the fast food restaurant.

The suspect was identified as John Fisher, 37. Fisher had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and had active warrants in both Chesterfield and Spotsylvania. Two shotgun shells were found in Fisher’s pocket and he was determined to be a convicted felon. Deputy A.G. Booth charged Fisher with weapon/ammunition possession by a felon, reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm in a public place and intoxicated in public.


The active warrants from the other jurisdictions were served as well. Fisher was held without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. There were no reported injuries or damage from the incident.

As a reminder our Crime Prevention Unit has free gun safety locks available for residents to secure their firearms.

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