(Updated) Shooting at Fauquier County Circuit Court



On December 30, 2009 at approximately 1 PM, George Golder Phillips II, 30 y.o.a., was transported to the Fauquier County Circuit Court for a routine hearing. An incident occurred in a holding cell area inside the court house involving Phillips and two Fauquier County deputies.

One deputy was stabbed in the face with an unknown instrument and is being treated at Fauquier Hospital. A second deputy was shot in the leg and was taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital. It is reported both deputies are in stable condition at this time.

Phillips, who is listed as having addresses in both Fauquier and Culpeper Counties, was charged in late November for bank robberies in Fauquier County and neighboring jurisdictions. He is currently being held at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center in Warrenton, VA.


George Golder Phillips II has been charged with one (1) count of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer. A court date of January 7th, 2010 has been set in Fauquier County General District Court.

Phillips has been transferred to another undisclosed facility at this time.


Deputies Injured in Incident:

Master Deputy Charles Embrey, age 38. Has been with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years

Deputy Thomas Leake, age 41. Has many years of law enforcement. Has been with the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office approximately 2 years

At approximately 1 PM this date Deputy Leake entered a holding cell at the Fauquier County Circuit Court and was immediately attacked by George Golder Phillips II, who stabbed Deputy Leake near the eye with a self made instrument that had been concealed on his person. While struggling with Deputy Leake, Phillips was able to gain control of Deputy Leake’s holstered firearm. As Master Deputy Charles Embrey entered the cell to assist, Phillips shot him in the upper leg.

Despite suffering these injuries both deputies were able to subdue Phillips. Upon the arrival of other deputies who were in the courthouse Phillips was taken into custody uninjured.


By Dan McDermott and Matt Kreitz
The Sherando Times

[Note: this story was breaking at presstime.]

Two Fauquier County Sheriff’s deputies were injured and taken to a hospital Wednesday when an inmate is beleved to have disarmed one of them in a courthouse holding cell. One deputy was stabbed in the face and the other was shot in the leg, according to Fauquier County Sheriff’s
Office Lt. James Hartman.

The deputy who was stabbed was taken to Fauquier Regional Hospital and was listed in stable condition. The deputy who was shot was flown to Fairfax INOVA Hospital in Fairfax, VA. The incident occured about 1 pm at the Circuit Court in Warrenton.

The suspect was identified as 30 year old George Golder Phillips II of Culpepper.

Phillips was being held for a Nov. 23rd bank robbery, according to Hartman.

Hartman said Phillips was being transported to the courthouse for a routine hearing in his case.

Online Fauquier Circuit Court records list Phillips 13 times in cases ranging from 3 DUIs in a ten-year period to bank robbery with a firearm and wearing a mask. His next hearing in the bank robbery case is scheduled for January.

Phillips appears 17 times in Fauquier County General District Court records for a variety of charges, mostly related to drunken driving.

There was no record of a hearing scheduled for Phillips Wednesday in online records.



By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report

[ORIGINAL POST] An employee with the Fauquier County court system has confirmed that two persons were injured at the Fauquier Circuit Court House about 1 pm today. One deputy was shot, according to reports. Both victims have been transported to hospitals, at least one by helicopter.

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