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Gunfire leads to arrest of city man

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BY JEFF BRANSCOME

A Fredericksburg man faces weapons charges for the second time in recent months after reports of gunfire on undeveloped property near Interstate 95 at Celebrate Virginia.

Bernhard Randhahn, 44, was charged with recklessly discharging a firearm, two counts of brandishing a firearm, firing a gun in city limits and two felony counts of endangering a person by shooting from a vehicle, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said.

He was also charged with driving under the influence and refusing a breathalyzer test after state police stopped him at Bragg Road and State Route 3.

At 4:25 p.m. Saturday, two people approached Randhahn after hearing gunshots near the U.S. National Slavery Museum property, Bledsoe said. She said Randhahn shot into the ground after being confronted by the two people, who were authorized to be on the property.

The suspect left the scene. State police stopped him at Spotsylvania Crossing shopping center after receiving a description of his vehicle. Numerous police cars responded to the incident.

The case was turned over to city police, who seized three handguns from Randhahn, Bledsoe said. More details of the incident were unavailable Saturday.

On Jan. 24, Randhahn was found guilty of recklessly handling a firearm, a misdemeanor, during an incident in October, according to city court records. Other charges, including brandishing a firearm and discharging a gun in city limits, were dropped.

That case involved a gun being fired into the ground during a dispute between two men at a home on William Street. Police collected three firearms from the residence—the same number that were seized after Randhahn’s most recent arrest.

Randhahn is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402

jbranscome@freelancestar.com

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