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Posted at 2:10 PM ET, 01/ 2/2011

Man charged after gunfire, police chase

By Theresa Vargas

A Haymarket man is charged with five counts of attempted capital murder after he allegedly led Prince William County police on a high-speed car chase and twice opened fire on officers.

Police received a call from a woman saying she and her husband were arguing when he fired shots in the house. Officers were pulling up to the residence in the 5600 block of Wheelwright Way just before 1 a.m. when police say the husband, Jason Michael Paul, 38, sped away in a Hyundai Santa Fe.

This is what police say happened next: Officers pursued. Paul ignored their lights and sirens, stopping only when his car struck a median at Route 15 and Dominion Valley Drive. He then stepped out and began shooting at the officers. They returned fire. Paul tried to drive away but only made it a short distance before stopping on Route 15 just before Sudley Road. He fired again. The officers did the same. One bullet pierced a police cruiser's windshield, just missing the officers who had stepped out of it. Another bullet hit Paul's right hand.

Paul was taken into custody and driven to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In addition to capital murder, he is charged with one count of attempted aggravated malicious wounding, one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling, six counts of the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, one count of felony eluding and one count of destruction of property. A court date is set for February 7.

His wife was not injured. The officers, who also were not hurt, have been placed on routine administrative leave.

By Theresa Vargas  | January 2, 2011; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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This smacks of poor marksmanship training. "Come on man", hit what you're aiming at.

Posted by: ioweioweoff2workigo | January 2, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

This smacks of poor marksmanship training. "Come on man", hit what you're aiming at.

Posted by: ioweioweoff2workigo | January 2, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

1 AM New Years night, fired several shots and hit nothing. Unable to control his car and tried to shoot it out with cops. Do you suppose that there was alcohol involved?

Posted by: hisroc | January 2, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm always fascinated by the fact that whenever there is a crime in DC or Prince George's County, folks seem quick to blog about "black crime." Yet, articles with crazy people like this guy, seem to elicit so few comments...and none about race. Hmmmm...

Posted by: jennjen | January 2, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

You are right,jennjen. I'm one of those guilty as sin about that, always complaining about bad marksmanship in places like DC and PG. This guy does give white psychos a bad name.

Posted by: slim21 | January 2, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The cops should have put a bullet in the guy's head. Would have save a lot of money.

Posted by: taonima2000 | January 2, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse


Well, the difference is that in DC he would have escaped unharmed after two or three DC cops emptied their Glocks firing at him without hitting anything. In PGC, he would have been long gone before the cops arrived at his address responding to the call.

In Virginia, he was arrested without anyone being seriously hurt. There is nothing racist about that.

Posted by: hisroc | January 2, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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