BEDFORD — A Bedford man who prosecutors said shot his girlfriend five times last week after a fight over car manufacturers escalated was denied bond Monday in Bedford County.
Mark Edwin Turner, 56, was arrested early the morning of April 23 after he barricaded himself in a residence on Shepherd Lane for more than two hours, according to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.
He was charged with two counts of malicious wounding, one count of using a firearm in a felony and one count of possessing a firearm as a felon.
Turner was at a family dinner with his girlfriend, her adult son and the son’s girlfriend the previous night, according to Bedford Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance.
At a hearing Monday in Bedford General District Court, Nance said there was drinking involved and Turner started arguing with his girlfriend’s adult son about the merits of Chevrolet versus Ford.
The fight escalated, with Turner producing a knife and then a handgun, according to Nance. In an ensuing scuffle, Turner ended up shooting his girlfriend five times and his girlfriend’s son once. They suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.
After the shooting, Turner ran back inside the house, where Nance said he remained after law enforcement showed up. Turner appeared to be “heavily intoxicated,” according to Nance, and was seen in the house walking around with a gun while law enforcement tried to negotiate with him to come out.
Nance mentioned there’s a “significant opportunity for additional charges” from the shooting.
Judge Randy Krantz denied Turner’s request for bond.
Turner is scheduled to appear in Bedford General District Court again on July 5 for a preliminary hearing.