68-year-old man charged in Wise County shooting

Stephen Igo • Apr 1, 2018 at 6:05 PM

ST. PAUL — A 68-year-old Russell County man has been charged as a result of a shooting incident on Saturday in Wise County that left another man seriously hurt.

Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said Sunday that Larry Leon Fields of Dante, a community located about eight miles north of St. Paul, was charged with felony reckless handling of a firearm, aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

At around 5 p.m. Saturday on Russell Creek Road, an area near Dominion Energy's Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, authorities were called to the scene where another man had been shot. The victim was seriously injured and medflighted to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes said Saturday that Fields told investigators the shooting was an accident. The victim's identity was unavailable on Sunday.

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