Police seek Shifflett’s older brother
Authorities want another Shifflett, a man police believe may want to exact revenge against law enforcement officers for shooting his little brother. The City Police Chief said today that officers now seek 5'9", 235-pound Jeffrey Wayne Shifflett, the older brother of recovering would-be girlfriend shooter Elvis Gene Shifflett.
Wanted on burglary and grand larceny charges in Madison County and suspected of the same in Charlottesville, 39-year-old Jeffrey Shifflett should be considered armed and dangerous because unspecified "intelligence" indicated a threat to "law enforcement," according to City Police Chief Tim Longo.
The younger Shifflett was arrested following his shooting by two Charlottesville police officers Friday night, Police Chief Longo said today at a City Hall press conference. Longo declined to be more specific and refused to say whether Shifflett was shot with an M16, deferring to the Virginia State Police investigation. He also declined to name the two officers who shot Elvis Shifflett out of concerns for the officers' safety.
The trouble began on October 13 when Elvis Shifflett allegedly intended to shoot his long-time girlfriend after she emerged from juvenile and domestic relations court in downtown Charlottesville. According to Longo, the unnamed girlfriend saved herself by getting the "webbing" of her hand between the handgun's hammer and the firing pin of the weapon. Captain Chip Harding of the Charlottesville P.D. added that the girlfriend was then able to bump her alleged assailant with her car and escape. But so did Elvis Shifflett.
State and local police caught up with Shifflett in a densely wooded area adjacent to Piedmont Virginia Community College on Friday, October 20. Longo says Shifflett abandoned one vehicle and left behind an SKS, a Russian semiautomatic rifle, along with up to 40 rounds of ammunition.
At the time he was felled by the officers, Elvis Shifflett was not armed with anything other than a pickup truck. Longo expressed his opinion that Shifflett posed a threat not only to the officers but also to members of the public, two factors that might exonerate his officers, both of whom have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
As for the elder brother, Longo said, "We want very much to take Mr. Shifflett into custody in a very safe and uneventful fashion, but at the same time we take these threats seriously."