Man fired pictures throughout custody swap in Stafford: police

STAFFORD COUNTY, VA — A man fired multiple shots at the mother of his child during a custody swap in Stafford County Sunday night, authorities said.

The victim was not injured in the shooting, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said. Her 1-year-old child was also unharmed.

Investigators identified the man as 28-year-old Almon Wheeler from Maryland. Wheeler was already wanted in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County and King George County, police said. In Stafford County, he is charged with attempted murder, malicious shooting at a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Wheeler is being held without bail at Rappahannock Regional Jail. If convicted on all counts in Stafford County, he faces up to 13 years in prison, based on Virginia sentencing guidelines.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Sunday in the Argyle Heights neighborhood. Wheeler and the victim met at the 7-Eleven on Dixon Street in Fredericksburg to complete the custody swap, police said. Wheeler was in the passenger seat of a car, his child in the back seat, and another woman in the driver’s seat.

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“Before the mother could gain custody of the child, a disturbance began and the driver drove Wheeler and the child away from the scene,” the sheriff’s office said. “The mother followed the other car into Stafford County and both vehicles stopped at Argyle Heights.”

When the mother got out of her car, Wheeler fired two shots at her, investigators said. The shots missed her and hit her car.

The woman driving Wheeler’s car then left the scene; They took the child to another relative, authorities said. Detectives took Wheeler into custody Tuesday in King George County.

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