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Road Rage incident results in shooting at Walmart parking lot

According to Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry, around 1pm this afternoon a “mutual road rage incident” occurred in which one man followed another into the Walmart parking lot off of U.S. 220 in Henry County. Once the vehicles stopped, one man retrieved a baseball bat and struck the other man with it. The second man retreated to his vehicle and retrieved a gun and shot the man with the baseball bat in the leg.

Perry said it was likely both men will be charged with disorderly conduct and the instigator with the bat will either be charged with assault or malicious wounding depending upon the severity of the injuries.  It appears the man with the gun shot in self defense.

Both men were transported to the Martinsville Hospital.

A press released with further information is expected shortly.

Following is the press release:

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a malicious wounding that occurred in the 800 block of Commonwealth Boulevard Martinsville, VA. On December 24, 2012 at approximately 12:06 pm the Martinsville/Henry County Communications Center received a call regarding a fight in progress in front of Mountain View Shopping Center. Matthew David Davis, 27, of 5195 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, VA reported that he was shot in the leg by a male subject identified as Robert Alonzo Beal, 45, of 20 Massey Street Martinsville, VA. The altercation stemmed from what appears to be a situation involving road rage between the two parties. The vehicles then stopped at Mountain View Shopping Center and a physical altercation ensued. During the altercation, Beal was struck several times with an aluminum baseball bat and Davis was subsequently shot in the upper portion of his left leg.

Beal was treated and released for a fracture to his right arm and Davis was treated and released for a gunshot wound to his leg. Robert Alonzo Beal has been charged with one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and was released on a $5000 unsecured bond. Davis has been charged with malicious wounding, a felony, and jailed without bond.

Anyone having information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $1000.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

5 Responses to Road Rage incident results in shooting at Walmart parking lot

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  2. Paul Russell December 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Since when do we charge someone with a crime for defending himself? Does anyone doubt that a baseball bat is a “deadly weapon” in the hands of a 27yo attacking a 45yo?

  3. Staff December 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Paul: The Sheriff said both men were charged for disorderly conduct related to the road rage incident that occurred prior to the parking lot incident.

  4. Beth December 27, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I agree with Paul if somebody was beating me with a baseball bat and not stopping I would definately find someway to defend myself. And what good are fists going to do when the other person has a bat? At least he shot him in the leg and didnt try to kill him. But I do have to say all this over road rage is rediculous!

  5. Mountain December 30, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I feel that when the man blocked the other guy in and approached the other guys car, the 27 year old had the right to defend himself and his girlfreind in what ever way possible, It is a shame he didn’t cave the attackers head in before he got to his truck and get a gun , the 45 yr old started it, it was his fault for blocking the other man in,the 45 yr old also had warrants and it is obvious he instigates lots of trouble.

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