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Atkinson charged in drive-by shooting of residence

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Sheriff James Williams reports that detectives from the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office has charged James Ezra Atkinson, 31, of West Jefferson in the shooting into a home that occurred in August 2012.


On Aug. 18, 2012 the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office received information that someone had driven by a residence on Andy Fowler Road in Crumpler, firing several rounds from a weapon into the home.


A 17-month investigation has resulted in charging Atkinson with firing a .25 caliber pistol into the home while the residence was occupied. Atkinson has mutliple felony convictions which does not allow him to be in the presence of any firearm.


Atkinson was charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling (class D felony) and possession of firearm by a convicted felon (Class G Felony).


Warrants for Atkinson’s arrest were issued on Feb. 3, 2014 and have not been served. Atkinson is serving prison time for prior convictions.


Anyone with additional information about this investigation is asked to call the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office at (336) 846-5633 or Ashe County Crime Stoppers at (336) 846-4188. Crime Stoppers pays cash for information leading to the arrest of individuals connected to certain crimes.

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