Axton, Virginia

From the Roanoke Times of March 31, 2007

Police: Man in N.C. hospital after being shot

An Axton man is in fair condition at a North Carolina hospital after he was shot Thursday night, an official said.

Herbert Howard Cline, 23, suffered a gunshot wound to his back following a dispute in Axton, said Lt. Kimmy Nester of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Cline was taken to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and then was transferred to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Investigators have talked with a person who admitted to firing shots in self-defense after seeing Cline pull a weapon, Nester said. That person has not been charged because authorities are still investigating the shooting.

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