WARREN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
200 SKYLINE VISTA DRIVE · FRONT ROYAL, VIRGINIA 22630
Mark A. Butler, Sheriff
|PRESS RELEASE – DISPUTE WITH FIREARM|
In the early hours of May 23, 2023, deputies were called to a dispute at 197 Mountain Laurel Lane, Front Royal VA, where an individual allegedly fired a gun at another person present. This address was familiar to the deputies due to an ongoing disagreement between the landlord and tenants.
Upon arrival, deputies interviewed witnesses and watched a cell phone video that was recorded by a bystander. The inquiry disclosed that during the altercation, Alan Wayne Forney, aged 68, fired a 12-gauge shotgun into the air and just above the head of another man named Jessie Lake. Alan Wayne Forney was consequently taken into custody on charges of brandishing and recklessly handling a firearm, before being transported to the Rappahannock/Warren/Shenandoah Jail.
A 12-gauge shotgun was retrieved from the crime scene as evidence. If anybody has additional information concerning this incident, they are encouraged to contact Deputy Doffermire at 540–635-4128.
Approved for release: Captain R. C. Mumaw
UNCLASSIFIED | FOR PUBLIC RELEASE