Authorities say two people have been charged related to an August shooting incident that happened in Bedford County as Wisconsin activists marched through the area on their way to Washington D.C.
Bedford County District Attorney Lesley Childers-Potts announced the charges Friday following an eight-month investigation conducted by state police.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, 51-year-old Terry Myers of Schellsburg and 37-year-old Orsino Thurman of Milwaukee, WI, have both been charged related to the incident.
“The charges filed against Mr. Myers and Mr. Thurman are based upon the facts of the case, not emotion or popular opinion,” said DA Childers-Potts. “I was not willing to make a charging decision based upon incomplete information. My office does everything we can to ensure that investigations and prosecutions are unbiased and this case was no different.”
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Myers has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief and harassment.
Thurman’s charges include possession of a firearm prohibited, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
“I personally reviewed every piece of evidence, including over 700 pages of written reports prepared by the Pennsylvania State Police,” said DA Childers-Potts. “Where someone lives or who they know is not relevant in our prosecutions. Seeking truth and justice and doing the right thing for the right reason are important in every case.”
DA Childers-Potts went on to say, “I commend the PSP on their thorough investigation. The charges filed adequately and appropriately reflect the actions of both parties during the incident in August 2020, and my office will pursue prosecution in both case to endure justice prevails.”