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Southwest Virginia man with a compound bow charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer, police say

A 48-year-old Smyth County man faces multiple charges after an incident Monday afternoon outside the Sheriff’s Office.

Just after 5 p.m., Marion police officers were dispatched to the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office to help a woman wanting to file a domestic warrant with the video magistrate.

They arrived and interacted with Douglas Eugene Mason, 48, of Marion, who was sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot, according to police.

Following a brief interaction, police said that Mason then produced a compound bow, and, while verbally threatening the officer, he exited his vehicle.  

Officers were able to disarm Mason and following a brief struggle, took him into custody, according to police.  

He now faces charges of attempted capital murder of a police officer, resisting arrest, and public intoxication.

Mason is currently being held at the Abingdon Regional Jail without bond.

Source: WSLS News 10

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