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July 9, 2009

Alleged Shooter Facing Jury Trial on Meth Charges

Despite the fact that more than four months have passed since a Memphis man allegedly fired shots at a Scotland County Sheriff’s Deputy and still no charges have been filed by the Van Buren County, IA or federal authorities,, the alleged shooter is facing his day in court on separate charges in Scotland County.

Christopher J. Armstrong, 23, will face a jury of his peers beginning December 14th to decide his fate on a series of drug-related charges.

First Circuit Judge Gary Dial scheduled the dates during a trial setting hearing held July 1st in the Scotland County Courthouse.

Armstrong is facing a class D felony charge of possession of anhydrous ammonia in a non-approved container, class C felony of receiving stolen property ($500 or more in value), and class C felony tampering with a motor vehicle.

He initially fled from law enforcement officers on February 6th, 2009 following a fire at his residence that allegedly was related to the production of methamphetamine. A search of the property uncovered an ATV that was stolen from Van Buren County, IA.

Armstrong was apprehended in Scotland County following a massive manhunt on February 12th that started as a vehicle pursuit. Armstrong and two passengers allegedly fled in a stolen vehicle from a Scotland County Sheriff’s Deputy. During the chase shots were fired at the law enforcement vehicle, with at least one bullet striking the deputy’s truck.

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