Man arrested after dry-firing gun at Wytheville Community College, police say

No one hurt in incident, police say

By Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

WYTHEVILLE, Va. - Police have arrested a 21-year-old man who they say dry-fired a gun at two people at Wytheville Community College.

Alexander Dunford, of Wytheville, faces multiple charges after the incident on Thursday. He is a student at WCC. 

Police charged Dunford with two felony counts of attempt to maliciously shoot an individual, two felony counts of use/attempt to use or display a firearm in a threatening manner, and one count of brandishing a firearm.

He threatened a man and a woman by pointing the gun at them and dry-firing it, according to state police. Dry-firing is shooting a gun without ammunition.

Although the incident happened Thursday, it was not reported until Friday. Based on the information gathered on Friday, police determined that there was no imminent danger to the campus community and treated the incident as a student conduct issue. 

On Monday, Virginia State Police notified WCC that they had received additional information regarding the incident, and as a result, VSP issued a warrant for the arrest of Dunford. They then arrested him off-campus. WCC subsequently notified the campus community. 

Dunford is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail until his court appearance Tuesday. 

Police say neither the male nor the female was injured. 

The incident remains under investigation.

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