One person was flown to UVA Charlottesville on July 21 after being shot in the foot following a confrontation on Montanus Drive in Culpeper.
According to Culpeper Town Police Captain Tim Chilton, the call came in around 9:30 a.m. for a shooting with injury at a business in the area of the 15500-block of Montanus Dr. The caller, a 36-year-old male, advised that he had been shot and that the shooting was not an accident.
Upon arriving on scene, police determined the victim, a relative of an area business owner, and Kendrick Reaves, 29, of Culpeper, had had a disagreement while in the parking lot of the 15500-block of Montanus Drive.
During the course of the argument, Reaves shot the victim before fleeing the scene in a vehicle, police said. Both men are known to each other, and this did not appear to have been a random interaction.
Once Reaves was identified as the suspect, law enforcement began to search for him. Hours into the investigation, Reaves turned himself in to law enforcement. A search warrant was executed at a residence in Culpeper County, leading to the seizure of an involved vehicle.
While searching the scene of the shooting, a Virginia State Police Explosives K9 Unit found a firearm as well as other suspicious items. Those items will be sent to a forensic lab for testing.
The Culpeper Police Department has charged Reaves with one count of felony Malicious Shooting, one count of felony Unlawful Shooting in the Commission or Attempted Commission of a Felony, and one count of misdemeanor Reckless Handling of a Firearm.
Reaves was arrested and held at the Culpeper County Jail without bond.
Three Culpeper County Sheriff's Office cruisers blocked off the road from 154848 Montanus Drive to Braggs Corner. They initially turned away drivers seeking to go through before reopening the road at 11:06 a.m.
“This was an exhaustive investigation across multiple scenes, multiple agencies, and involving many officers,” said Culpeper Police Department Chief Chris Jenkins. “Most preliminary investigations finish within a few hours. Our detectives were on this incident for almost 12 hours straight in the heat, which doesn’t include all the follow-ups that are still on-going.”
This is an active and on-going investigation, with the potential of additional charges being filed.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Sergeant Detective Norma McGuckin at 540-829-5523 or email email@example.com.
Callers who wish to remain anonymous can submit tips by calling Culpeper Crime Solvers at 540-727-0300 or submitting a tip at culpeperpd.org.