Wound to the leg leads to man’s arrest
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
A Ruther Glen man is accused of shooting himself in the leg Tuesday and blaming it on an unknown assailant in Stafford County, police said.
The man apparently didn’t want police to know he had shot himself because he is a felon and can’t legally possess a gun, Stafford Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said.
A conviction on such a charge carries a mandatory two-year prison term.
Kennedy said Deputy Christian Mireles went to the 1000 block of Warrenton Road in southern Stafford about 5:50 p.m. for a report of a shooting. He was greeted by a man on the passenger’s side of a vehicle who quickly led him to the shooting victim, 29-year-old William McNeely.
McNeely had his right leg stretched out and said he was suffering from a gunshot wound.
Kennedy said he told police that he was walking along Warrenton Road when a man walked up and shot him for no reason.
The shooter was described as a black man with dreadlocks, but the victim didn’t know the man.
The driver of the car McNeely was in told deputies that he was driving on U.S. 17 when he saw McNeely walking. The driver said he is a friend of McNeely’s so he picked him up.
The driver said he was told that McNeely had been shot, so he pulled over and called for help.
Detective Kurt McBride found a gun and the victim’s wallet in the car and eventually determined through his investigation that the victim had been playing with the gun inside the car when he accidentally shot himself.
McNeely, also known as Dechun Brown, was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and reckless handling of a firearm.
He was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond after being released from the hospital.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28 in Stafford General District Court.
No charges have been filed against McNeely’s friend, the driver.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404