A former Martinsville City Police officer has been charged with shooting a woman Sunday at an apartment complex.
James Scott Witherow has been charged with malicious wounding. He is being held on a $5,000 secured bond in the Martinsville City Jail.
Witherow is accused of shooting a woman around 3 p.m. Sunday at the Avalon Arms Apartment Complex in Martinsville. The victim was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. It’s not clear how badly she was hurt.
Because the suspect is a former member of the Martinsville Police Department, the investigation is being handled by Virginia State Police. Also, Pittsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Grimes has been requested to serve as special prosecutor.