WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV)-- Although police say he was a dangerous man on their most wanted list, many neighbors in Waynesboro say Christopher Uhler was a nice guy who never caused much trouble in the neighborhood.
"It was a loud boom, like a shotgun," said neighbor Sheila Dawson.
A flash bang was thrown into the house of Uhler, startling neighbors like Dawson. This was all part of a raid on his Waynesboro home on July 14.
Sergeant Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department says timing was crucial to getting to both Uhler and his dogs at the same time.
"We felt, and there was good indication to believe, Mr. Uhler would have used the same pitbulls used on the victim, on law enforcement," said Sergeant Edwards.
Edwards says they've been looking for this man for over two months
after he allegedly used his three pitbulls and a club to attack a family member.
This isn't the first time police raided Uhler's home. They say in 2009
he was convicted of selling marijuana.
"We don't use the term menace very often in law enforcement. Mr. Uhler has a history with drug distribution and numerous assaults to be determined, as a menace," said Sergeant Edwards.
Uhler faces ten charges. One is a felony count of malicious wounding. Others are three felony counts of allowing a dog to attack another person. He also faces three misdemeanor counts of having an unlicensed dog in the city.
"We used to live in this area right across the road from him, and he never was a problem either. Nobody ever felt unsafe around him," said Dawson.
Although Uhler was on the police's most wanted list, many neighbors say they've always felt safe in their neighborhood.
The victims name has not been released. Police say he suffered multiple injuries, including broken bones and bites from the dog.
Police say Uhler has a hearing in a few weeks to determine if the criminal case moves forward, and on Monday the general district court will decide what will happen to the dogs.
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