No victim found after call about shots fired

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Cana woman claimed she shot someone in basement; she is charged with public intoxication and firearms violations

By Ethan Campbell

CANA – A frantic call from a Cana resident Monday evening caused local law enforcement to expect gunshot wound victims before arriving on the scene and uncovering the true nature of the incident.

On May 21, Carroll Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported gunshot wound on Fish Lake Road in Cana.

The report said that a neighbor to the address called police, stating he was three houses down from the residence and heard gunshots. The caller said he walked a short distance to the residence and was met by Cayla Jones, who stated that someone had been shot.

Deputies Bradley Hoffman and Josh Bowers and Chief Deputy Gary Bourne arrived on scene within five minutes of the call being placed, the report said. After an investigation was conducted by the deputies, assisted by Investigator Lt. Donnie Spangler and Investigator Bryan Felts, officers determined that nobody had been shot.

Conflicting stories about the incident were given during the investigation, the report said, but deputies determined that a 9 mm pistol had been fired in the basement of the home, but the bullets struck only the inside basement wall and not a person.

Jones was arrested at the scene by Bowers and charged with reckless handling of a firearm, shooting into an occupied dwelling and being drunk in public.

She is being held in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond, pending arraignment in Carroll County General District Court.

Also assisting at the scene with the investigation were Sgt. Cody Edwards, Sgt. David Walls, Cpl. Jake Worrell, Cpl. Mark Dickerson, Cpl. Rocky Dalton and Deputy Hunter Grubb.