A Stafford County deputy was shot late Tuesday after responding to a home in Falmouth. An 18-year-old is in custody, and the deputy was listed in serious but stable condition Wednesday.
The deputy was struck four times.
Joshua Anthony Sumter of Stafford is charged with numerous offenses, including four counts of attempted capital murder, four counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and aggravated malicious wounding.
The sheriff’s office declined to release the wounded deputy’s name. But multiple sources identified him as Brandon Boyle, who has nearly two years’ worth of experience as a patrol deputy in the county.
According to sheriff’s spokeswoman M.C. Morris Moncure, multiple deputies responded to a home about 10:45 p.m.
Sumter used to live in the home, but police would not say who lives there now.
A source said it is the home of Sumter’s relative. It does not belong to Sumter’s mother, although she was responsible for calling the sheriff’s office to say her son had broken into a home he had been barred from, police said.
Four deputies entered the home and went upstairs to investigate. They saw a man lying on the floor in an upstairs bedroom and ordered him to show his hands.
Moncure said the man immediately displayed a gun and began shooting. One of the deputies was struck four times — in the arm, hip, thigh and upper chest.
Police believe the body armor he was wearing protected him from the potentially life-threatening shot to the chest.
At least one deputy returned fire, but there was no indication that the suspect was injured.
Sheriff David Decatur said the layout of the home left the deputy exposed when he rounded a landing. Meanwhile, very little of the shooter was in the open.
The suspect fled on foot after the shooting and was apprehended at a nearby townhouse complex at 5:45 a.m., police said.
Moncure said Sumter picked up additional charges in attempting to escape after being taken into custody. He is accused of assaulting a deputy during that effort. Charges from that incident include assault on a law enforcement officer and escape with force.
Sumter is being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.