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Man charged in shotgun attack on wife

May 06, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

A Harpers Ferry-area man was charged with shooting his wife in the leg early Monday as she tried to escape through a window of her Blue Ridge Mountain mobile home, police said.

Scott Allen Marshall, 46, of Route 1, Box 970-D, Harpers Ferry, fled from the scene after Roberta Marshall was shot, but surrendered to Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies later in the day, Cpl. Dave Colbert said.

Scott Marshall was charged with malicious assault, wanton endangerment and prohibited person - possess firearm, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records. The latter charge stems from Scott Marshall's conviction on Oct. 19, 2002, on a domestic battery charge, Colbert said.

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Marshall was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on $500,000 bond.

Scott Marshall had gone to the mobile home of Roberta Marshall, 35, to talk to her, said Colbert, who was notified of the shooting at 6:54 a.m.

Colbert alleged that Marshall took a shotgun to the mobile home, which is in the Valley View subdivision off Hostler Road.

A criminal complaint filed in magistrate court said Roberta Marshall was shot with a sawed-off shotgun.

Colbert declined to comment on the type of weapon used, other than to say it was a 12-gauge shotgun.

After Scott Marshall arrived at the home, Roberta Marshall broke a small window in the mobile home and went out through the opening, Colbert said.

One gunshot was fired through the window, striking the woman in the thigh, Colbert said.

Roberta Marshall dragged herself along the ground for about 50 yards and then was met by a neighbor, who helped her, Colbert said.

Roberta Marshall was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, then to another hospital, Colbert said. Colbert would not say where Roberta Marshall was being treated in order to ensure her safety.

Colbert said the woman's injury was not life-threatening.

Scott Marshall fled into nearby woods after the shooting and a West Virginia State Police canine unit - along with Loudoun County, Va., Sheriff's Department deputies - joined local deputies in the search for him, Colbert said.

Blue Ridge Elementary School, which is along W.Va. 9 on Blue Ridge Mountain, was closed most of the day to keep children and buses out of harm's way, said Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober. Some students were already on their way to the school when the shooting occurred, but were returned home later in the day, said Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols.

The police dog unit tracked Scott Marshall's scent down a rugged section of the Blue Ridge Mountain to the Shenandoah River, where the dog lost track of him, Colbert said.

Later in the day, police received a call from a friend of Scott Marshall's saying Marshall wanted to turn himself in, Colbert said. Two deputies went to a location on the mountain and met Marshall, Colbert said.

Colbert said there had been domestic problems between Roberta and Scott Marshall.

Scott Marshall once had a family protection order filed against him, but it had expired, Colbert said.

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