Waynesboro Police Continue To Investigate Workplace Shooting

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email
Police are not releasing many new details about what they

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Police are not releasing many new details about what they've found in their investigation into Thursday's shooting and that's not likely to change.

Waynesboro police continue to investigate the city's first murder in almost four years, and its first deadly workplace shooting in more than three decades.

"Workplace-related shootings, while they may be becoming the new normal in the country, they're very rare in the Valley," said Sgt. Brian Edwards.

At F.R. Drake, employee Jeff Earhart was found shot Thursday morning and died at the scene.

About an hour and a half later, one of Earhart's co-workers, Boyd Wiseman, turned himself in for the shoot and has now been charged with second-degree murder as well as a gun charge.

A scenario of workplace violence Edwards said can be explosive.

"Tension does arise at work between co-workers. Not saying anything about this case, but it can tend to be some of the most explosive types of relationships. So we're thankful that we don't see more of it," said Edwards.

Edwards said situations like this are more common on the national scene, but he said the Valley is not immune.

"You see a lot of school shootings, workplace shootings, and we're fortunate that we haven't seen any of those here in the Valley in many years, but we know those are recipes that could easily be replicated here in the Valley, we're just hoping that it doesn't happen," said Edwards.

Edwards said police are looking into the relationship between the suspect and the victim.

He said they will not release any motive for the shooting, so that information will likely not come out until the trial.

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