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Deputy shooting suspects' case goes to grand jury

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Fairview couple charged with attempted capital murder

By LARRY CHAMBERS
Staff

INDEPENDENCE  — Charges against a Grayson County husband and wife charged in connection with the shooting of a Grayson County deputy sheriff were bound over for grand jury action following their preliminary hearings in Grayson County General District Court on Sept. 17.
Deputy Doug Waller was wounded June 26 after he and Deputy Kevin Watson answered a domestic violence call at 3016 Skyline Highway, about six miles south of Galax on Virginia 89.
Gary Frank Wheatley, 44, was charged with two counts of attempted capital murder and one count of the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
His wife, Crystal Sue Gooslin-Wheatley, 47, was charged with felony possession of ammunition and attempted capital murder – principal in the second degree. She allegedly didn't tell the dispatcher about the gun or Wheatley's intentions.
Following the hearing, Judge Randal Duncan dismissed the felony possession of ammunition charge against Gooslin-Wheatley. The charge of attempted capital murder against Deputy Watson was dismissed against Wheatley.
Capital murder charges against both suspects were bound over to the grand jury, along with the use of a firearm charge against Wheatley.
According to reports, Waller and Watson were dispatched to the Wheatley residence at 10:43 p.m.
Gooslin-Wheatley reported her husband was drunk and they were arguing. She did not tell the dispatcher that her husband was armed, or that he threatened to shoot officers if they came to the house, according to the charges.
Waller and Watson parked their police cruisers in the driveway and approached the front door of the single-story home.
When Waller walked up to the front door, he saw Gary Wheatley, allegedly pointing a gun. Waller tried to jump out of the way but a shot from a .357 Magnum pistol came through the door window and struck him at the bottom of his bulletproof vest.
Watson helped Waller get to cover behind a vehicle and then he fired five shots in the direction of the door. A couple minutes later, both Wheatley and Gooslin-Wheatley came out of the house with their hands raised and surrendered.
Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said Waller’s bulletproof vest saved the deputy’s life.
Waller received treatment and was stabilized at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax by the Galax-Grayson EMS. He was flown by a medical helicopter to Wake Forest University Medical Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he was in surgery for four hours.
Waller has returned to work.
Wheatley is represented by Independence attorney Jonathon Venzie and Gooslin-Wheatley is represented by Independence attorney Brandon Boyles.
The next grand jury is scheduled to convene Oct. 26. At that point, the suspects could be indicted, or formally charged.
Both are being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin without bond.