Charges Dropped in Reckless Firearms Case

Five months after a 20-year-old man and a teenager were charged in connection with rounds being fired into Lucketts-area homes, the cases have been dropped.

In General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court last week, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office dropped prosecution of the charges because of insufficient evidence.

According to the initial Sheriff’s Office report, deputies were called to an Erin’s View Court home Aug. 5 to investigate a gunfire report. The occupants were inside when the house was struck by rounds from a firearm. During the investigation, similar damage was found at Courtney Meadow Place home and on a piece of equipment at a nearby construction site.

Nathan A. Lasher, 20, of Lovettsville, and a juvenile, who were target shooting at a private range nearby, were identified as suspects and charged with reckless handling of a firearms.

However, forensic analysis of the bullets recovered at the homes and the weapons seized from the suspects was inconclusive. There was no scientific evidence that the bullets came from the suspects’ weapons. Also, the defense provided a video showing that others were target shooting on the range that same day. Investigators made efforts to identify and interview those individuals, but were not successful, according to prosecutors.

A Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said the case is closed and no further charges are expected.

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