|Man Arrested After Shooting Incidents In Capon Bridge
On September 3, 2012 at approximately 9:42pm, Hampshire County 911 received a report of
shots fired at Bear Garden Trailer Park in Capon Bridge. The initial caller reported that he heard
shots fired, and saw a black jeep speed from the area. Deputy Michelle Brashears and Cpl. Brian
Hinger arrived on the scene within minutes of being dispatched.
Deputies made contact with several witnesses regarding the shots being fired. They learned
that Chris W. Fleming, age 44 of Capon Bridge, was involved in a verbal dispute with his wife.
Once he left the house, he fired several shots outside.
While deputies were continuing to investigate this original call, another call came in from the
Cold Stream Road area reporting that a male in a black jeep had just spun through the caller's
yard and pointed a gun at the caller, threatening to shoot her. At this point, additional deputies
began responding to assist with the call.
While deputies were patrolling the area, searching for the suspect, they were informed that the
suspect had randomly shot at two separate vehicles traveling Cold Stream Rd. Deputies first
encountered the suspect vehicle along Cold Stream Road, near Buffalo Gap Campground. They
attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to stop, and a pursuit of the vehicle began.
By this time, additional deputies were being called out to assist, and Deputy Dave Feather
became involved with the pursuit in Capon Bridge. At the intersection of Rt. 50 and Christian
Church Road, the suspect vehicle crashed into the side of Deputy Feather's patrol car. He then
continued to flee on Christian Church Road. Additional deputies joined the pursuit.
As the pursuit continued down Christian Church Road, the suspect abruptly stopped just south
of the intersection of Wolford Beach Lane. The suspect exited the jeep with an assault rifle and
began to approach the two deputies that were primary units in the pursuit. The deputies quickly
took cover, and another deputy who was approaching from a different angle saw Fleming
pointing the rifle in the officers' direction. The approaching officer recognized that the other
officers were in a volatile situation and fired his weapon at the suspect. The suspect immediately
surrendered after one round hit an ammunition pack that he was carrying.
Deputies recovered an AR-15 rifle which was loaded, and Fleming had over 170 rounds of
ammunition and several loaded magazines in an ammo bag that he was carrying when he was
taken into custody.
Several members of the Sheriff's Office became involved with this incident. Chief Deputy John
Alkire, Captain John Eckerson, Cpl. Brian Hinger and Deputy Chris Carroll are the lead
investigators of the incident.
Once Fleming was in custody, deputies continued the investigation and found that he had shot
at least 10 rounds near his residence near the Bear Garden Trailer Park, 17 rounds at the river
access on Cold Stream Road, and at least 7 more rounds at the intersection of Cold Stream
Road and Buffalo Gap Campground entrance.
During the shooting, at Buffalo Gap, two bullets did hit the car of one of the victims as the victim
was attempting to flee. Fleming also made reference that he was going to kill the victim. During
a subsequent interview with investigators, Fleming admitted to his involvement with the
Fleming was charged with two counts of attempted murder, several counts of wanton
endangerment with a firearm, assault on a law enforcement officer, and felony fleeing in a motor
vehicle. The investigation is continuing.