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.