When Loudon County, Virginia prosecutors charged a 31-year-old concealed carry holder and DoorDash delivery driver…
By Cam Edwards
When Loudon County, Virginia prosecutors charged a 31-year-old concealed carry holder and DoorDash delivery driver with aggravated malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and discharging a firearm within a building after he shot a self-described YouTube “prankster” who had targeted him in a local mall, I had a feeling that the case was going to be a difficult one to prosecute. Honestly though, I figured a hung jury was the most likely outcome if defendant Alan Colie refused a plea deal and took his chances with a jury of his peers, but the twelve men and women deciding the delivery driver’s fate have now acquitted Colie of the most serious charge he was facing.
The April 2 shooting at the food court in Dulles Town Center, about 45 minutes west of the nation’s capital, set off panic as shoppers fled what they feared to be a mass shooting.
Colie pleaded not guilty and said he was acting in self defense.
The verdict came Thursday after about five hours of deliberation. Three hours in, the jury sent out a note saying it was “divided in terms of whether the defendant acted in self defense.”
Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Snow called the jury back into the courtroom around 3:30 p.m. and urged them to continue deliberations, a standard admonition given to juries that indicate they are deadlocked.
The jury then delivered its verdicts at the end of the day.