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Man faces charges in shooting

November 18, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged with shooting the car of a woman with whom he had had a relationship was found by police a few hours later with a loaded shotgun in his car, as he reportedly was driving to the woman's home, according to allegations in court records.

Rodney Lynn Ferguson, 24, of 334 Auburn St., Martinsburg, was charged with wanton endangerment with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to police, the victim, Mandy Bonnell, went to Auburn Street at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. When she saw Ferguson approaching her Ford Explorer, she locked her doors and rolled up her windows.

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Ferguson, who had a shotgun, told her to unlock the doors, police said. When Bonnell refused, Ferguson fired one shot into the lower portion of the passenger side door, records allege.

Bonnell got out of the car and became involved in a "verbal exchange" with Ferguson, and then left, records state.

Bonnell did not notify police, but at 2:24 a.m. Wednesday her mother called the Martinsburg Police Department and said Ferguson had threatened her daughter and the rest of her family, police said.

The mother said Ferguson was driving a green Pontiac Grand Am and was en route to Bonnell's home on Buck Hill Road, police said.

Cpl. D.L. Steerman, with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department, spotted the Grand Am. Steerman pulled the car over at the intersection of Arden Nollville Road and W.Va. 45 after the driver veered across the center line, records state.

Steerman found a 12-gauge shotgun, loaded with four shells, behind the passenger seat, records allege.

Ferguson was not allowed to possess a gun because in May 2001 he was convicted of grand larceny, auto - a felony, police said.

Ferguson was being held Wednesday in Eastern Regional Jail on $40,000 bail, police said.

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