Police: Two officers charged after shooting man inside his home, placed on paid leave
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The Alexandria Commonwealth's Attorney has announced that charges have been filed against two Lynchburg Police officers after the officer-involved shooting in February.
Walker Sigler was shot in the leg after police said they were investigating an open door at his home on Link Road around 1:15 a.m. Saturday, February 17, according to Mayor Joan Foster.
Officers with the Lynchburg Police Department said they walked into the home and announced that they were there to investigate suspicious activity, then met a man and fired their weapons at him, hitting him in the leg.
Witnesses said they heard three shots and came outside to find eight to 10 squad cars lining the block.
Bryan L. Porter, the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Alexandria was appointed to investigate the case in conjunction with Virginia State Police.
He announced Friday, June 22 that Edward Ferron, 41, and Savannah Simmons, 22, were both indicted on three felony counts of reckless handling of a firearm resulting in serious bodily injury, unlawful wounding and unlawful shooting at an occupied domicile.
The two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave until their criminal trial.
The maximum penalty on each count is five years in jail.
35-year-old Sigler was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
A statement issued by Sigler's attorney said the bullet shattered his leg and blood loss caused partial loss of vision.
"Walker’s injuries are devastating and permanent," John E. Lichtenstein wrote in a statement on behalf of the Sigler family. " He and his family are deeply grateful for the support they have received from the community and ask only that their privacy be respected during this difficult time."
Lichtenstein said Sigler was shot while his wife, who was eight months pregnant at the time, and two boys, ages six and three, slept upstairs.
"We understand that this is a difficult and challenging time for everyone involved," Lynchburg Police said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the officers and the impacted family. We are committed to the criminal justice process as it runs its course."
Police said that the officers are entitled to due process during the ongoing legal proceedings.
This is an ongoing criminal case.
The Commonwealth's Attorney said all body-worn camera footage is now considered evidence in a criminal case and any release of the footage would constitute “an extrajudicial statement” that has “a substantial likelihood of interfering with the fairness of a trial by jury” in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
Ferron and Simmons are set to be in court on July 2 for attorney advisements.
The Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney is investigating another officer-involved shooting in Lynchburg that happened in November that left a woman dead on Triangle Place.