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Search Continues for Waynesboro Shooting Suspect

Posted: Updated: April 20, 2012 12:08 PM EDT
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Police have released new information regarding the search for an alleged gunman.

Officers have been on the hunt for 26-year-old Samuel Bridge since police say he shot and wounded a man early Tuesday morning at the Quadrangle Apartments in Waynesboro.

Now, police are also looking for 24-year-old Ashley Nicole Knight. They believe she is traveling with Bridge and was behind the wheel of a car that almost hit an officer Wednesday night.

Police have since recovered two cars connected to Bridge, including the vehicle that almost hit the officer.

Waynesboro police say investigators found a Ford Focus that they believe Bridge sped away in just after the shooting early Tuesday morning. New Market police found the Ford Mustang they say narrowly missed an investigator as it sped away Wednesday.

At last word, the victim, 37-year-old Jeremiah Woodson, is listed in critical, but stable condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Police warn Bridge should be considered armed and dangerous.

Waynesboro Police Department
April 6, 2012

On 4/3/12, at approximately 0238hrs, the Waynesboro Police Department responded to Quadrangle Apartments located at 901 4th Street in reference to a shooting.

Upon arrival, a 36 year old male victim, Jeremiah Woodson was found with a gunshot wound lying in the parking lot. He was subsequently transported by the Waynesboro First Aid Crew to Augusta Health then transferred to UVA hospital for further treatment. As of 04/06/12 he was reported to be in critical but stable condition.

On 04/04/12 Detectives from the Waynesboro Police Department recovered a black 2012 Ford Focus with West Virginia dealer tags on it at Parkway Village apartments on Hopeman Parkway. They believe this vehicle was used by Samuel Kevin Bridge during the shooting incident that occurred at Quadrangle apartments on 04/03/12. This vehicle was later determined to be stolen from an Elkins, West Virginia car dealership.

While Detectives were following up on leads related to the Ford Focus at Parkway Village apartments they observed a blue 2012 Ford Mustang with similar West Virginia dealer tags on it. Detectives were on foot and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle initially stopped for the Detectives and then sped off at a high rate of speed, almost striking a Detective.

Warrants have been obtained for the driver of the Ford Mustang, 24 year old Ashley Nicole Knight from Luray, Virginia. She has been charged with Felony assault on a Police Officer.

On 04/05/12 Waynesboro Detectives were notified by the New Market Police Department that they had recovered the Blue 2012 Ford Mustang that fled from Detectives at Parkway Village apartments on 04/04/12. It has also been determined that the 2012 Ford Mustang was stolen from the same Elkins, West Virginia car dealership as the 2012 Ford Focus.

Waynesboro Detectives are currently processing the Ford Mustang for evidence. It is believed that Ashley Nicole Knight is currently with Samuel Kevin Bridge. At this time we are not sure what vehicle they may be operating.

Warrants are still outstanding for Samuel Kevin Bridge and he should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has information related to the shooting, either of these two vehicles, or either of these two wanted persons, please contact the Waynesboro Police Department at 540-942-6675.

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