Stafford Capturing Stemmed From Custody Change: Police

STAFFORD COUNTY, VA – After an attempted change of custody in Stafford County on Friday night, shots were fired, according to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. No casualties were reported and authorities said a suspect had been taken into custody.

The incident was reported to the sheriff’s office around 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 6th. MPs responded to the scene on the 900 block of Anvil Road where they learned that a suspect had fired shots and fled the area in a silver Ford Edge, according to police reports.

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A local police officer found a vehicle that matched the description and “made a risky stop on the 200 block on Warrenton Road,” the sheriff’s office said. The driver of the Ford Edge, identified as Duane Coles, was taken into custody without further incident. Authorities claimed to have found a pistol in Coles’ vehicle.

Through their investigation, the sheriff’s office determined that the incident began during a custody swap. “The victim has arrived at Olde Forge to pick up his child,” said the sheriff’s office. “There was an argument between the victim and the child’s mother.”

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At some point Coles, an acquaintance of the child’s mother, left a nearby townhouse. Police alleged Coles fired multiple rounds from a handgun into the air.

When the victim tried to escape from the scene in his own vehicle, authorities assumed that Coles had fired multiple shots at the escaping car. The victim’s vehicle had two bullet holes, police said.

No casualties were reported during the incident.

Coles has been charged with double attempted malicious harm, double use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being detained in the Rappahannock Regional Jail without being bonded. His next trial is scheduled for September 28th in the Stafford General District Court.

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Stafford Shootout from Custody Swap: Police

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