One dead, one injured in Old Hollow

Shooting victim is wheeled into the medi-vac helicopter that landed at the Link in Sperryville at about 11 p.m. Tuesday for transport to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. Photo by Ray Boc.

By Jan Clatterbuck and Roger Piantadosi
A shooting in Sperryville Tuesday night has apparently left one man dead and another hospitalized.

Though the victims’ names could not be confirmed with the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, the injured man was identified by a family member as Buddy Pullen of the 100 block of Old Hollow Road. A family member said the dead man was his stepson, Herbert Wayne Jenkins, 44, who lived in the same house with Pullen and his wife, Anna.

Pullen was airlifted to University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville just before midnight Tuesday. A family member said Pullen had been shot but that he was expected to survive. Neither his condition nor the nature of his injury could be confirmed by the hospital or law enforcement authorities before this newspaper’s press time.

The family member, who was not present during the shooting, said she was told Jenkins’s fatal injuries were self-inflicted.

Sheriff Connie Smith, at the scene Wednesday with Sheriff’s Office investigators, had not released a public statement before press time.

Thomas Lee Hicks is escorted Tuesday by Sheriff Connie Smith, right, and a deputy to a preliminary hearing on charges that include attempted first-degree murder. Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.

Hicks charges certified

The incident occurred late the same day that a Rappahannock County judge certified attempted murder charges against a Culpeper County man for allegedly shooting an acquaintance in the face June 10 in Scrabble.

Tuesday morning, Rappahannock County General District Judge Thomas L. Underwood certified charges against Thomas Lee Hicks, 62, of Boston, Va., to the grand jury scheduled to convene Sept. 13. The charges include first-degree attempted murder, business robbery with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in a felony and malicious assault.

Hicks was arrested in the shooting of Clyde “Jack” Dellinger, 80, who was found in his yard at 132 Scrabble Road after the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office responded to an 8 p.m. report of a shooting June 10. Dellinger, who was treated for a gunshot wound to the face and later released, testified briefly at Tuesday’s preliminary hearing.

Sheriff Smith has said that the accused assailant had been at the Dellinger home previously and that he and the victim were “friends.” There was no argument before the shooting that investigators know about, nor is it known what the accused was allegedly after in the robbery. Hicks, of 13335 Durante’s Curve in Culpeper County, remains in jail without bond.

Vandalism and other crimes

During the past week, the Sheriff’s Office also reported the following:

An investigation continues into the vandalism and damage to dozens of street mailboxes in the county. While the investigation continues and several suspects interviewed, the night-time incidents, which began about three weeks ago in Viewtown, South Poes Road and other areas, appear to have stopped, according to Sheriff’s Office Lt. J.C. Welch.

Patrick Lee Jenkins of Hague, Va., was arrested last week after the Sheriff’s Office obtained information that Jenkins was hiding out at a residence in the county. Jenkins had outstanding warrants from Richmond County for failure to appear in court and for driving-related charges, Westmoreland County for failure to appear, Culpeper County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Stafford County for obstruction of justice, failure to provide support and a felony probation violation.

Irvin F. Freeman, 40, of Washington was arrested Saturday (July 31) and charged with destruction of property (under $1,000 value) by Deputy Shawn Walters.

Thora May Pullen, 52, of Washington was arrested Saturday (July 31) and charged with for destruction of property (less than $1,000) and assault and battery on a family or household member. Lt. Roger Jenkins was the arresting officer.

On Friday (July 30), the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible break-in at the Chester Gap Store. Deputy Dan Stevens responded and took a report. Deputy Stevens investigated the case, Sheriff Smith said, and charges are pending.

House on Old Hollow Road in Sperryville marked off with crime-scene tape Wednesday as Sheriff's Office investigates apparently fatal shooting incident. Staff Photo/Jan Clatterbuck.
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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.