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Man charged with shooting police car
Pair faces burglary, theft and other charges
Screven County Sheriff W

A man charged with shooting and killing a Portal man’s cows in March now faces charges in Screven County of theft, burglary and shooting a Rocky Ford police car.

A woman involved in the cow shooting incident also faces theft and burglary charges, said Screven County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brett Dickerson.

Amy Leigh Faunce, 21, and Justin Lee Bunch Sr., 24, both of a Thomasboro Road, Rocky Ford address, face charges stemming from a burglary Feb. 21 at a Dairy Road residence in Screven County, he said. Each are charged with burglary in the 1st degree, entering auto, and four counts of theft by taking firearm.

In March in Bulloch County, Faunce and Bunch were among 11 suspects charged in a multi-county crime spree that included shooting and killing three cows in a pasture on Portal-Metter Highway.

Dickerson said Bunch is also charged with criminal damage and interference with government property after having been linked to “shooting a hole in the door of a Rocky Ford police car” January 6. The car was unoccupied at the time it was shot, he said.

The Dairy Road case has been under investigation since March, and was part of the multi-jurisdictional investigation with Bulloch, Candler and Jenkins counties, he said.

Charges Bunch faces in Bulloch County after his March arrest include three counts of aggravated animal cruelty, three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony theft by taking, misdemeanor theft by taking, second-degree criminal damage to property, three counts of theft by receiving stolen property, fleeing/attempt to elude, obstruction and 12 traffic charges.

He also faces charges by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources linked to incidents in March: two counts of night hunting deer, two counts of hunting big game from a public road, discharging a firearm on or near a public roadway, two counts of hunting from a vehicle, hunting without a license, hunting without a big game license and two counts of failure to obtain a deer harvest record.

Faunce also faces charges in Bulloch County. Stemming from the March arrest, of second-degree criminal damage to property, three counts of aggravated animal cruelty, two counts of theft by receiving stolen property and felony theft by taking.

She was also charged then by the Georgia DNR with two counts of night hunting deer, two counts of hunting big game from a public road, discharging a firearm on or near a public roadway, two counts of hunting from a vehicle, hunting without a license, hunting without a big game license and two counts of failure to obtain a deer harvest record. In Candler County, she was charged with obstruction during the multi-county probe.

She and Bunch are each being held in the Screven County Jail pending indictments, Dickerson said.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at 912-489-9414.

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