07 July 2012
The Roanoke Times

The chief of the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department could face criminal charges after taking reports of a shooting Wednesday night into his own hands, authorities said.

Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle on Friday said Volunteer Fire Chief Billy Joe Carter complicated a sheriff's office response to gunshots at a house in the 400 block of Fourth Street when he went to the scene without approval.

Deputies had been dispatched to the house about 10:30 p.m. after a fight between a man and his wife escalated, prompting a neighbor to dial 911.

Authorities later charged former Buchanan volunteer firefighter and Iraq War veteran Steven Patrick Prease, 33, with two counts of capital attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and one count of capital attempted murder of other persons.


On Friday, Carter said Prease had recently stopped working as a firefighter and had been struggling following his time overseas. He said he was trying to help Prease.

"I wasn't working with the sheriff's office because the sheriff's office didn't want my help," Carter said. "I was doing it as a friend. But more I was doing it as a brother. You don't forget who you ride with."

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