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Warrants obtained in Wythe shooting

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Attempted capital murder and other warrants have been obtained against a Max Meadows man accused of firing shots at Wythe County deputies before shooting himself Sunday.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Michael Conroy said the warrants were obtained Tuesday and will be served on 50-year-old Richard Duane Brooks as soon as Brooks’ “condition makes the service of the warrants practical.” Brooks remains hospitalized at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, but his condition is not being released.

Brooks is being charged with two counts of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, two counts of intentionally causing more than $1,000 in property damage to the deputies’ police vehicles and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

According to Conroy, deputies responded to Brooks’ 123 Maransa Way home in Max Meadows around 7 p.m. Sunday in response to a reported domestic altercation. Upon arrival, Brooks allegedly fired shots at both deputies, hitting their vehicles, but not them, police said.

Brooks retreated inside the residence when a Wythe County deputy returned fire, Conroy said. The officers entered the residence after hearing a single shot and found Brooks “was the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

The Police Shooting Investigative Team from Virginia State Police’s Wytheville division is conducting the investigation since deputies were involved in the shooting incident.

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