Man Gets 2 Years For Firing Gun

Police Say Patty Shot Into Occupied Vehicle

Posted: March 22, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A Staunton man whose gunshots eventually led to a five-mile pursuit on Interstate 81 in February pleaded guilty Friday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Sean Michael Patty, 24, pleaded guilty to felony shooting at an occupied vehicle, felony possession of a stolen firearm, felony receiving a stolen gun and misdemeanor shooting into a public place.

As part of a plea deal, Judge T.J. Wilson sentenced Patty to 21 years in prison with all but two years suspended.

On Feb. 16, police received a call of shots fired in the 800 block of Port Republic Road at about 2 a.m. It’s not precisely clear what vehicle or building the shooter was firing at, but no one was hit.

The caller described the suspect’s vehicle as a 2008 Oldsmobile. Patty turned out to be inside the vehicle as passenger, police say.

Harrisonburg officers then spotted it entering I-81 southbound from Port Republic Road.

The car’s driver, a woman whose name was not released, did not stop until the Bridgewater/Mount Crawford exit at mile marker 240.

While following the suspect, an officer’s cruiser was hit by a handgun that police say Patty threw from the car.

Police say a Harrisonburg officer found the weapon on the interstate.

The driver was charged only with a minor traffic violation.

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