ACCOMACK CO., Va. (Delmarva Now) -- A Norfolk man charged with the attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer in connection with the shooting of an Accomack County deputy in September 2016 has pleaded not guilty.
Deandre Ayres, 28, was one of three suspects accused in the incident on Sept. 26, 2016, during which they threatened to blow up a PNC Bank in Pocomoke City before leading police on a chase into Virginia.
Police reports at the time said the suspects fired six shots into a police cruiser driven by Accomack sheriff’s deputy Cpl. Eric Nottingham, disabling the vehicle near Bloxom.
Ayres and co-defendant Lamond Perry were both indicted earlier this year on use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, shooting from a vehicle and maliciously shooting at a law enforcement officer in connection with the incident.
At his arraignment Thursday in Accomack County Circuit Court, Ayers responded “not guilty” as the clerk read each of the five charges against him.
In September, Lamond Perry had pleaded guilty to assault and eluding charges following a plea agreement.
The third suspect arrested at the time was Demetrius Perry, 21. The disposition of his case is not known.