Va. Trooper Charged After Shots Miss Coyote, Hit School

August 19, 2010

A retired Virginia state trooper faces charges after shots he fired at a coyote hit a school in Tazewell.

Prosecutor Dennis Lee says 69-year-old Jerry McPherson was charged with one count of reckless handling of a firearm, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Brian Hieatt of the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office says gunshots were reported at Tazewell Middle School just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officers traced the shots to McPherson, who lives near the school. He told officers he had been shooting at a coyote.

Some personnel were at the school getting ready for Thursday's first day of classes, but nobody was injured.

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