Tim Harrell mug shot

Tim Harrell

The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Markham man who was seen on Wednesday brandishing a firearm in Marshall,  according to Sgt. Dawn Arrington.

On Wednesday, at approximately 10:57 a.m., Arrington said patrol deputies responded to a call for a man, identified as Timothy Harrell, 32, who was seen brandishing a firearm in the 8300 block of West Main Street in Marshall. 

During the course of the initial investigation, Arrington said patrol deputies interviewed witnesses and gathered important information, but no firearm was located at that time. However, Arrington said, after further investigation, Harrell was taken into custody for brandishing a firearm. 

Later that same day, Arrington said patrol deputies responded to the 4200 block of Winchester Road in Marshall for a report of a residential burglary. During the course of that investigation, Arrington said it was discovered a firearm was stolen from the residence. The Criminal Investigations Division was notified, and the investigation was turned over to detectives.

By mid-day on Thursday, Arrington said detectives recovered the stolen firearm, which was found hidden beneath an abandoned building. The building was located in the area where Harrell was arrested by patrol deputies the previous day, according to the FCSO.

Harrell is being held at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center without bond. Additional charges are pending further investigation, Arrington said. 

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Det. Bream at 540-422-8670 or the Crime Solvers Hotline at 540-349-1000. A caller's identity can remain anonymous.

(2) comments

Rover 530

Law enforcement arrested this man for brandishing a firearm with no firearm found at the time of arrest. Then, a stolen firearm was found the following day. Was this the firearm that was brandished? Obviously, these incidents need further investigation to sort everything out. The article doesn't clarify if anyone was threatened with a firearm by the suspect. So, what was the probable cause for the initial arrest?


Brandishing is highly subjective, hinging as it does on the abstract: Did the sight of the firearm "reasonably induce fear in the mind of a victim"? This is mind of the beholder stuff and I dare say it means you cannot legally carry a firearm in this county because you cannot be accountable for the "reasonable fears" of others. On the other hand, if you evidence your intent to threaten, you can and should be held accountable.

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