NEW: Man Admits To Shooting

Posted: March 21, 2014

Daily News-Record

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 say, they received a call of shots fired in the 800 block of Port Republic Road about 2 a.m.

The caller described the suspect vehicle as a 2008 Oldsmobile. Harrisonburg officers then spotted it exiting onto southbound I-81 at the Port Republic offramp.

The car's driver, a woman whose name was not released, did not stop the vehicle until she reached 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 was thrown by the passenger riding in the Oldsmobile.

Police say a Harrisonburg officer was able to find the weapon on the interstate.

The driver was charged only with a minor traffic violation.

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