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Caroline man charged with attempted murder in F’burg
A Caroline County man accused of shooting his former girlfriend Saturday night in Fredericksburg was arrested yesterday in Maryland, police said.
Ross Edward Jackson Jr., 40, of Woodford is charged with attempted murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held in Upper Marlboro pending extradition back to Virginia, Fredericksburg police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.
According to Bledsoe, the 47-year-old victim was shot in the chin at her home in the 2400 block of Lafayette Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The home is near the magistrate’s office, and the magistrate on duty heard parts of the altercation.
The woman, who had recently broken up with the suspect, was home with her three children when an argument erupted. She and Jackson had dated for about seven years, witnesses said, until the woman ended the relationship last week. It was not clear why Jackson was at the home Saturday.
Bledsoe said the three children—a girl, 9, a boy, 11, and a 21-year-old man—heard loud arguing outside the house. The younger children told police they saw their mother come back into the house and struggle to shut the door. Bledsoe said the suspect came in behind her and shot her in the face from close range with a small-caliber handgun. The shooting occurred near the doorway, but the woman struggled to the living room before collapsing.
The older son, who had just gotten home on military leave a few days earlier, rushed into the room and saw his bloodied mother. He exchanged words with the suspect, Bledsoe said, who pointed the gun at the son and at the fallen woman before leaving the area in a green BMW.
The 11-year-old son called 911 on a cell phone and was connected to the Spotsylvania County dispatch center. When it was determined that the incident occurred in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania dispatchers contacted their city counterparts while remaining on the phone with the child to provide instruction prior to the rescue squad’s arrival.
The woman never lost consciousness but was unable to speak, Bledsoe said. She was rushed to Mary Washington Hospital before being flown to the VCU Medical Center in Richmond. She is expected to survive, Bledsoe said, but will need extensive reconstructive surgery.
City police looked for Jackson all night before learning that he’d gone to Prince Georges County, Md. He was taken to a hospital there after threatening to harm himself, Bledsoe said. Officials learned that he was wanted in Fredericksburg and notified police.