The driver of the vehicle involved in the shooting incident surrendered himself at the Waynesboro Police Department on October 1 after a lengthy extradition battle in West Virginia.
Jayson Michael Herron, 22 years old, of Elkins, WV was arrested on May 1 in Elkins on a fugitive from justice warrant for three felony charges connected with the shooting of Jeremiah James Woodson, then 36 years old.
Initially, Herron fought extradition on the charges of acting as an accessory to a malicious wounding; acting as an accessory to use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; and hit and run involving personal injury. Eventually, an agreement was struck in which Herron dropped his attempt to fight extradition and was given a bond on being a fugitive.
In addition, Herron was ordered to surrender himself to the Waynesboro Police Department on yesterday's date.
Herron was driving the Ford Focus that Bridge was in when he shot Woodson. After the shooting, Herron struck Woodson with the vehicle while he was still on the ground as he and Bridge were attempting to flee.
Herron was released on a $5000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on December 3, 2012 in Waynesboro General District Court.
One additional person connected to the incident remains at large. Nathaniel Phillip Harris, 22 years old, was indicted by a Waynesboro grand jury on two felony counts of distribution of an imitation drug stemming from the shooting incident. Anyone with information on Harris' whereabouts is asked to call Central Shenandoah Crimes Stoppers at 1(800)322-2017.
Previous Release – April 9, 2012:
Samuel Kevin Bridge and Ashley Nicole Knight are both in custody. Both suspects were taken into custody today at 1528 hours in Buckhannon, West Virginia by U.S. Marshalls, West Virginia State Police, and Upshur County Sheriff's Office. They were located in a wooded area off of Carper Road in Buckhannon.
They are currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in Bellington, West Virginia. They are awaiting extradition.
The Waynesboro Police Department thanks all the jurisdictions and individuals that have assisted with this case. Agencies that have assisted in this case Augusta County Sheriff's Office, Rockingham County Sheriff's Office, Grottoes Police Department, Page County Sheriff's Office, Luray Police Department, New Market Police Department, Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office, Mt. Jackson Police Department, West Virginia State Police, Upshur County Sheriff's Office in West Virginia, and the U.S. Marshal's Service. It is through team work that this case has been furthered and these wanted individuals apprehended.
Previous Release – April 3, 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 of a gunshot wound was found 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. His last reported status was he is in critical condition.
The suspect in the case had left the area prior to police arrival. The car the suspect was driving is possibly a dark green or blue 4 door sedan with unknown tags. A further description of the suspect was not available at time of this release. Initial reports are the suspect and victim are acquaintances and this was not a random act.
The Waynesboro Police Department is continuing the investigation into this incident. The Waynesboro Police Department is asking for anyone who may have direct information to aid in the investigation please contact the Waynesboro Police Department at 540-942-6675.