A Fauquier County man faces attempted capital murder of a police officer following a shooting May 4, 2011, in Warren County. Tony L. Baird, 45, of Warrenton, was released from UVA Hospital in Charlottesville at approximately 5 p.m. Monday (May 16). UVA Police took Baird into custody and charged him with four felony warrants stemming from a shooting incident involving the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. Virginia State Police have charged Baird with attempted capital murder of a police officer, assault and battery of a police officer, destruction of property and eluding police. Baird is now being held without bond at the Albemarle County Jail pending extradition to Warren County.
Shortly before 2 a.m. on May 4, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office received an “attempt to locate” bulletin from Fauquier County about a suicidal subject, Tony L. Baird, operating a blue GMC pickup truck. Warren County deputies located the vehicle about an hour later in the area of Highway 340 and Chapman Farm Road. As the deputies attempted to make contact with Baird, he refused to comply and put his pickup truck in reverse and rammed it into one of the deputy’s patrol cars. Baird then put the pickup truck in drive and rapidly accelerated towards a second deputy’s patrol car as the deputy was standing next to it. The deputy fired on the pickup truck in attempt to stop Baird from running him over. Baird narrowly missed the deputy and the patrol car and fled the scene. The pickup truck ended up crashing into a large rock formation.
Deputies removed him from the vehicle without further incident and he was transported to UVA Hospital in Charlottesville for treatment of a gunshot wound to the arm.
The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office Police Shooting Team investigated the shooting at the request of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. The investigator’s findings have been turned over to the Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney for final determination.
– Joint release from Virginia State Police & Warren County Sheriff’s Office