I-64 sniper suspect arrested: Slade Allen Woodson
Just two years ago, when he was Western Albemarle student-athlete, Slade Allen Woodson made a 12-foot pole-vault in a regional tournament. Today, the 19-year-old Batesville man has been launched into custody for his alleged role in the shooting spree that injured two motorists and provoked terror responses, including closed schools and canceled soccer practices.
At a morning news conference, State Police spokesperson Steve Flaherty said that Woodson was one of five people inside a house at Yonder Hill Farm at 4:48am when a law enforcement team arrived to serve a search warrant.
One person inside the house, whom police do not consider a suspect, was injured by gunfire and transported to UVA Medical Center. Police declined to detail the person's injury or injuries, nor would they release the name of the gunshot victim, who was shot by an Albemarle police officer, who is now on paid administrative leave. Albemarle Police Chief John Miller did not release the officer's name.
Police say that Woodson allegedly drove a 1974 orange AMC Gremlin, one of the world's most distinctive vehicles, and one that was seen on surveillance footage at the site of a late-night Waynesboro bank shooting.
Woodson was arrested on two felony counts stemming from shots fired into a residence in the 200 block of Commerce Avenue in Waynesboro and shots fired at the bank, the Dupont Community Credit Union. More charges could be pending, police say.
Police recovered the orange Gremlin abandoned on U.S. 29 in Albemarle just south of the Greene County line and claim to have collected ballistics evidence from the vehicle.
Flaherty said this morning that Woodson was "familiar" to investigators. Indeed, Woodson made waves in local media a year ago for alleged car thefts and fires, as evidenced by this cached Daily Progress story (the Progress broke all its old story links yesterday when it unveiled a new website).
Woodson is currently at Albemarle police headquarters for questioning.
– with additional reporting by Lisa Provence