December 6, 2023

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WAYNESBORO – A Waynesboro man already convicted in Augusta County will now serve a total of 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to charges he fired a gun at a tow truck driver trying to repossess his car.

Charles R. Ramsey, 38, was convicted in Waynesboro Circuit Court on charges of discharging a firearm from a vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On the night of Sept. 27, 2015, a Shenandoah County tow truck driver was in Waynesboro trying to repossess Ramsey’s 2014 Dodge Avenger. After pulling in behind the car on Guilford Lane near the Hopman West Apartments, the tow truck driver said the Dodge suddenly pulled away, according to Waynesboro Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles Powell.

The tow truck driver was following the Dodge when it did a U-turn. As Ramsey’s car approached, the tow truck driver said he heard a gunshot and saw a flash. Powell said the man couldn’t tell if the gun was pointed at him or up in the air when the shot was fired. Ramsey then fled the area.

He was arrested nearly two weeks later in an unrelated case that began when he was spotted in Augusta County carrying two garbage bags stuffed with marijuana. When an Augusta County sheriff’s deputy tried to make contact with Ramsey, he sped away in a vehicle and a 10-mile chase ensued, according to an arrest report.

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