Two Charged in Road Rage Fight Christmas Eve in Martinsville

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Martinsville, VA - The Henry County Sheriff's Office is investigating a what they call a malicious wounding Monday afternoon on Commonwealth Boulevard near Martinsville.

The altercation stemmed from what police say was road rage between the two parties.

The vehicles stopped at Mountain View Shopping Center and a physical a fight allegedly started. During the altercation, Beal was struck several times with an aluminum baseball bat and Davis was subsequently shot in the upper portion of his left leg, police say.

The activity took place in the 800 block of Commonwealth Boulevard Martinsville, VA near the Wal-Mart at approximately 12:06 p.m..

The Martinsville/Henry County Communications Center received a call regarding a fight in progress in front of Mountain View Shopping Center.

Matthew David Davis, 27, of 5195 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, VA reported that he was allegedly shot in the leg by a male subject identified as Robert Alonzo Beal, 45, of 20 Massey Street Martinsville, VA.

Beal was treated and released for a fracture to his right arm and Davis was treated and released for a gunshot wound to his leg.

Robert Alonzo Beal has been charged with one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and was released on a $5000 unsecured bond. Davis has been charged with malicious wounding, a felony, and jailed without bond.

Anyone having information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff's Office at (276) 638-8751 or the Crimestoppers Program at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $1000.00 for information related to crime.

The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.