A Hollybrook man is facing a slew of charges after law enforcement officials said he threatened a neighbor with a gun and fired shots at the neighbor’s home early Tuesday morning.
William Harvey Ramsey, 51, is facing charges that include breaking and entering, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, making threats of bodily harm and shooting at an occupied dwelling, according to Virginia State Police Trooper J. Crigger.
The trooper said Ramsey was under the influence of alcohol and other intoxicants about 1:15 a.m. when he crossed Wilderness Road to confront his neighbor about the theft of a firearm. Crigger said Ramsey, who was armed with a pistol, broke down his neighbor’s door and crossed the threshold, but the neighbor was able to push the door back and prevent Ramsey from entering.
A female occupant of the neighbor’s home told the trooper that as Ramsey was leaving he saw her through a window, pointed a pistol at her and threatened to kill her.
“She took cover in the home and called 911,” the trooper said.
Between the time of the 911 call and VSP’s arrival, Ramsey returned home and started firing shots at the neighbor’s home, Crigger said, adding that when troopers arrived, Ramsey was inside his residence. Next, he exited the home unarmed and began shouting profanities at the neighbor, the trooper said. Ramsey then went back inside and officers used a patrol car loudspeaker to coax him outside.
“He was extremely intoxicated at the time,” Crigger said. “He did resist arrest, but we were able to apprehend him.”
No one was injured during the incident, but police said in a search warrant application that they found suspected bullet holes in the neighbor’s residence.
Crigger said that the VSP was called to the scene at the request of the Bland County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators were on the scene for more than 12 hours and obtained search warrants for Ramsey’s residence and another one across the road.
Police collected numerous firearms, ammunition, a pair of boots and brass knuckles from Ramsey’s 3612 Wilderness Road residence, according to a warrant looking for evidence of a shooting.
Ramsey, who works as a contractor, was taken to the New River Valley Regional Jail, where he is being held without bond.
Arraigned on Wednesday, his preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 9.
Ramsey is already awaiting trial on unrelated Dec. 14, 2018, charges of shooting a weapon across a roadway, hunting or fishing without a license, and trespassing to hunt or fish, according to court records.
In 2016, he was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana distribution, which was lowered from felony marijuana distribution. At the time of Ramsey’s arrest, police said they connected him to 95 marijuana plants found growing at a vacant Wilderness Road residence.
Managing Editor Jeffrey Simmons contributed to this report.