- The Washington Times - Monday, September 2, 2002

A man and woman, both 20, were arrested early yesterday for the near-fatal wounding of a Fauquier County deputy sheriff, which led indirectly to the serious car wreck of another deputy.
Held without bond in the county jail at Warrenton are Justin Charles Willard, of Stafford County, and Amanda Leigh Shouse, of Dale City.
To be released today from Inova Fairfax Hospital is Deputy Sean Healey, 25, who was admitted in serious condition before dawn Saturday. He has been a deputy for four years.
"The bullet entered the right side of his neck and exited at the right rear of his neck," said Fauquier Sheriff Joseph Higgs. "The doctors said if it had been a fraction of an inch either way, he would have been paralyzed or dead."
Deputy Healey had stopped a car just before 4 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of drunk driving by its driver because it was moving slowly in a 55-mph zone, according to Sheriff Higgs.
"The gentleman reached like he was going to the glove box to get the registration," but instead pulled out a .357 or 38-caliber revolver, which he fired at the deputy, said the sheriff.
Deputy Shawn Walters, 1 miles away booking a drunk driver, heard the emergency call. He raced in his cruiser toward the scene, but the vehicle rolled over several times after a tire blew entering the northbound lane of Route 29.
Deputy Walters left his damaged cruiser, and though bleeding, ran a mile to Deputy Healey.
He was at the shooting scene, trying to stop the bleeding from Deputy Healey's neck, when other officers and medics arrived, Sheriff Higgs said.
At 8 a.m., other officers were briefed and began searching for the car and its occupants. They found the car in the parking lot of a motel in Warrenton, 4 miles from the shooting scene.
For 3 hours, they searched the 80 rooms of the motel, without success. Prince William County police and the Stafford County Sheriff's Office joined in the effort.
At 3 a.m. yesterday, Stafford deputies found Mr. Willard and Miss Shouse at a Howard Johnson motel about 35 miles away in Falmouth and arrested them without resistance.
Mr. Willard, who has a criminal record in Prince William County, was charged with malicious wounding of a police officer and is to be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in Fauquier Circuit Court.
Miss Shouse, whose record is in Stafford County, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Other charges may be filed when she is arraigned at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sheriff Higgs said.

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