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Arraignment held for Pittsylvania County man charged with shooting deputy

Brian Cundiff was arrested Wednesday, April 27, 2016 and charged with attempted capital murder...
Brian Cundiff was arrested Wednesday, April 27, 2016 and charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, malicious wounding of an officer, and two counts of using a firearm in commission of those felonies.(WDBJ)
Published: Apr. 29, 2016 at 10:49 AM EDT
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The man accused of shooting a Pittsylvania County deputy earlier this week was arraigned Friday.

Elmer Woodard was appointed as Cundiff’s attorney.

A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. June 14.

Cundiff is being held without bond at the Pittsylvania County Jail. His arraignment was originally scheduled to happen Monday.

Brian Cundiff is charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, and two counts of using a firearm in commission of those felonies.

The incident began Tuesday night when two deputies responded to a call on Blair Lane. When they arrived at the home, Cundiff shot at them and went back inside.

The deputy was treated and released from the hospital. Cundiff surrendered to authorities around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.

According to the arrest warrant, Deputy Nicholas Samuels and Deputy M. Reynolds responded to 129 Blair Lane after receiving a call from Cundiff’s father saying his son had a shotgun and shot his cellphone.

When they arrived, Deputy Reynolds stated that Deputy Samuels was talking to the father when they heard another shot. Samuels approached the rear of a truck in the driveway for cover. Another shot was fired in his direction, which grazed the top of Samuels’ head.

He was taken to the Danville Regional Medical Center and received four staples. Deputy Reynolds stayed at the house until more units arrived.

After a nearly seven-hour standoff, a tactical team made entry and removed Cundiff. No one else was inside.