Rockingham Co. Sheriff: Shooting suspect identified after brief pursuit in Harrisonburg

Mark Louis Hurley, Jr.
Mark Louis Hurley, Jr.(Rockingham County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 1:28 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2022 at 7:33 PM EST
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson says Mark Louis Hurley, Jr., 35, of Broadway is in custody after a pursuit involving gunfire.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Friday, a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop for expired registration at Route 33 and Stone Spring Road.

Sheriff Hutcheson says the vehicle refused to stop and a brief vehicle pursuit began, traveling southwest down Stone Spring Road and proceeding southbound on South Main Street in the city.

The vehicle pulled in behind Valley Lanes and Hurley took off on foot, armed with a shotgun.

Soon after, a deputy reportedly encountered him and shots were fired but nobody was hit. The suspect continued to run and dropped the shotgun as he fled.

Hurley was located soon after and was taken into custody without any further incident. The Harrisonburg Police Department assisted throughout the incident.

The sheriff’s office says both Hurley and the deputy were taken to RMH for medical evaluations as a precautionary measure.

The Virginia State Police Crime Scene Unit responded to process the scene where the shooting occurred.

Harrisonburg city officials took to Twitter to announce a shelter-in-place in the area of Greendale Rd. and Abbott Ln. due to the pursuit, and as of 1:32 p.m. Friday it had been lifted.

According to police, Hurley has outstanding charges for assault on family member & protective order, from an incident that took place on Christmas Day.

After Friday’s pursuit, Hurley is facing charges for felony eluding, possession of stolen property, attempted capital murder, possession of firearm by convicted felon, and additional charges are pending.

Hurley is being held without bond at Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail.

An investigation is ongoing.

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