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Ex-deputy enters plea in shooting

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

From Bulletin and AP reports

ROANOKE — A former Franklin County deputy will be sentenced in May to charges stemming from the shooting of then-Virginia State Police sergeant Matthew Brannock.

Jonathan Agee on Tuesday pleaded no contest in Montgomery County to attempted capital murder, aggravated malicious wounding and related charges.

Earlier this month, Agee, 33, pleaded no contest in Roanoke Circuit Court to first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his ex-wife, Jennifer Agee. The shooting occurred on Memorial Day 2011 in the parking lot of a convenience store in Roanoke.

Brannock, a native of Ridgeway, was wounded after he stopped Agee’s vehicle on Interstate 81 shortly after the Roanoke shooting occurred.

Brannock recalled the incident on May 16, 2012, during a ceremony to recognize local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.

He told how he spotted Agee’s vehicle, and he pursued it.

Brannock was able to make both cars crash safely, but unfortunately, Agee’s car came to a stop before his, Brannock said.

“Seconds later shots rang out,” he said.

Brannock said he managed to climb out the passenger side door, over a guardrail and into a line of trees for safety.

He knew he had been shot and that he could go no farther. The shooter did not follow him into the woods, and Brannock later was taken to the hospital by another officer.

Brannock has since left the state police. He now works at the Martinsville Speedway.

According to media reports, Agee is set to be sentenced on all of the charges at a hearing May 6 in Roanoke Circuit Court.


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