Galax man charged with attempted murder

August 21, 2014

A Galax man has been charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder and several other charges after allegedly firing a weapon at a vehicle in the Food City Parking lot Wednesday in Galax.

According to a press release issued by Galax Police Chief Rick Clark, his department received numerous calls Aug. 20 at 10 p.m. reporting a man firing a weapon at another vehicle in the Food City Parking lot near Pizza Hut.

“A witness to the event provided invaluable assistance to the police when they followed the suspect vehicle away from the scene of the crime(s) and stayed in contact with police dispatchers until the vehicle could be stopped by Police Officer Terry Woods,” Clark said in the press release. “A high-capacity 9mm pistol was recovered from the suspect during the traffic stop.”

Austin Kenneth Rupert Wagg, 20, of Galax, was arrested and charged with multiple offenses by the Galax police, including two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, discharging a firearm in the city, destruction of property, and carrying a concealed weapon.

“The willingness of the witnesses to ‘get involved’ allowed the suspect to be quickly apprehended within minutes of the crime,” Clark said in the press release.

Wagg was charged by Police Officer Terry Woods and members of the police department including Sergeant Shawny Jones and Police Officer Trevor Jefferson. Uniform members of the Virginia State Police also assisted Galax Police. Carroll County Commonwealths Attorney Nathan Lyons was notified and personally assisted the police department with the investigation, which is ongoing, Clark said.

Wagg is being held without bond in the New River Valley Jail.