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Spotsylvania man arrested in late-night shooting
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Spotsylvania man arrested in late-night shooting


A man who was free on bond after being accused of firing numerous shots at another motorist in Spotsylvania County two months ago is back in jail after police said he fired a shot at a tow-truck driver early Thursday.

Devin Thomas Chewning, 20, of Spotsylvania was charged Thursday with attempted malicious wounding and reckless handling of a firearm.

According to Sheriff’s Maj. Troy Skebo and court records, the driver was attempting to tow a vehicle from in front of Chewning’s home in the 5600 block of Brentwood Lane about 1:50 a.m. when Chewning’s girlfriend came out to confront him. The vehicle apparently was not displaying the proper sticker to be parked where it was, police said.

Police said the woman assaulted the driver, took his keys and destroyed the key fob. Sarina Music was charged with assault, petty larceny and destruction of property.

Skebo said Chewning then came out of the home displaying a firearm. He fired a shot toward the driver before going back into the home.

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An affidavit for a search warrant filed in Spotsylvania Circuit Court states that deputies arrived and took Music into custody. They then surrounded the home and made multiple announcements for Chewning and whoever was inside to come out.

A deputy finally reached Chewning on the phone and he came out and surrendered without further incident.

The affidavit states that deputies then searched the home to make sure no one else was inside. No one was, but deputies did spot a handgun, court records state.

The search warrant gave police the authority to search the home further and seize possible evidence.

Chewning was also arrested following an April 4 incident in Spotsylvania in which a man claimed he was followed and shot at while traveling west on State Route 3 near Five Mile Road. The man identified Chewning as the shooter.

During a subsequent bond hearing, a prosecutor said that Chewning fired 16 shots, but no one was hit.

A preliminary hearing stemming from that incident is scheduled for next week in Spotsylvania General District Court.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

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