Waynesboro Man Wanted

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

June 28, 2005

Tonight, law Enforcement officials are hunting a Waynesboro man who allegedly shot and killed two relatives this morning.

It's been 14 hours since 9am and police are still looking for suspect Andrew Lawson.

It's a joint effort between State Police, Waynesboro, Staunton, Augusta County, the Park Service, and Albemarle Task Force. Police say Lawson shot his 51-year-old mother-in-law Peggy Ann Crawley and her father, 79-year-old William Arthur Ross with a high-powered rifle.

The shooting, they believe, was the result of an argument over getting back together with his wife. Neighbors say there was a history of domestic abuse both with his wife and mother-in-law, however, police cannot confirm it.

"I do know that he is from this area and knows it well and so he may be able to know his way around the land," said Officer Amy Pultz of Staunton Police Department.

Neighbors say Lawson has a hunting background and is very familiar with the terrain, which is both unpredictable and difficult to navigate. Police say he is armed and dangerous.

S.W.A.T teams and police could be seen taking shifts, meeting, and leaving at the Command Center near the crime scene which was off Sandy Ridge Road. Most police were armed and wore bullet proof vests. Police say they will continue the search all night if need be.

Police have issued first degree and capital murder warrants for his arrest.

Lawson is considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information that could lead to his arrest call Augusta County Police at 540-245-5333 immediately.

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