Madison County Woman Shot in Face

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington
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February 28, 2006

Early Tuesday afternoon a Madison County woman was shot in the face by her neighbor.

“It happens everyday, but I just didn't expect it to happen here in Madison. Nothing like this," said neighbor and friend of victim Tiffany Dixon.

Dixon arrived at her apartment on Tuesday, only to find that her friend had been shot in the face and upper torsos.

“I took my kids for an outing and when I came back, that's when I [saw] the cops…and the tape. And that's when I found out what happened to her,” said Dixon.

Madison County's Sheriff Erik Weaver says 64-year-old James Winstead shot a 24-year-old female neighbor in the face and upper torso with a small caliber handgun. The gun is currently in possession of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department as evidence.

Tuesday’s incident happen inside the main office of Popular Ridge Apartments.

After a 911 call was placed, police arrived to the scene within one minute. According to Sheriff Weaver, the victim was alert once the sheriff deputies arrived to the scene.

"Herself and the suspect came out of the business office of the complex. [We could tell] she had blood to the side of her face," explained Madison County Sheriff Erik Weaver. "She approached one of my deputies [who] took her to a secure location."

Winstead was forced to the ground then handcuffed by deputies. He was later taken to the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange County.

The 24-year-old was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center, later undergoing surgery. No word on her current conditions.

Winstead is charged with, “attempt to kill” and could face more charges, said Sheriff Weaver.

He is schedule for a preliminary hearing on Friday, March 3rd, or the following Tuesday at the Madison County General District Court.

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