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A Goodview man has been charged with first degree murder following an apparent domestic incident last Tuesday, April 10, at Jeters Chapel Road.
Charles Edward Glover, 43, was taken into custody in Vinton, by officers with the Vinton Police Department around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, just minutes after Bedford County dispatchers received a call reporting a structure fire and an injury to an unresponsive male.
Glover was initially arrested in Vinton at a residence on Washington Avenue on a domestic call, after breaking into the home of his mother-in-law, according to Major Ricky Gardner of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. The initial call to Vinton Police stated that a man was at the home shooting his wife. Police arrived and took him into custody without incident, according to a release from the Vinton Police. A firearm was recovered at the scene, but there was no evidence shots had been fired there, according to authorities.
A search warrant filed in connection with the case stated that Glover admitted to Vinton Police that he shot Reginald Perry Bowles nine times at his Jeters Chapel Road residence in Bedford County. According to the search warrant, a .22-caliber revolver, 9-shot pistol was found next to Glover when he was arrested. The search warrant was executed at Glover’s residence at 6773 Goodview Rd. Items seized during the search included a number of handwritten notes as well as a box of .22-caliber ammunition.
Investigators also searched a 2006 black Chevy Silverado pickup truck owned by Glover. That search warrant stated they were looking for gunshot residue, blood, ammunition, a knife and trace evidence. Items seized from that search included paperwork, two prescription bottles, a Canon digital camera and a Kodak disposable camera.
According to Gardner, a protective order against Glover had been served on him April 6, stating that he wasn’t to have contact with his wife. In December 2011, Bowles had requested an emergency protective order against Glover, according to records in Bedford County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. That protective order stated that Bowles said Glover tried to pull him out of a truck, and threatened to kill him because he thought Bowles was having a relationship with his wife.
Dispatchers in Bedford County received the 911 call about the fire at the Jeters Chapel Road residence at 2:05 p.m. on April 10. The call was apparently placed by a neighbor, according to Gardner.
The initial call reported a structure fire. The caller also reported seeing the unresponsive male lying on the ground next to the garage.
Bedford County Fire and Rescue units along with Bedford County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he later died of gun shot wounds. The victim was identified as Bowles, 49, of 8564 Jeters Chapel Road, in Bedford County.
According to Gardner, the suspect allegedly started the fire that destroyed the suspect’s garage and the contents of the garage. That fire spread to a mobile home and several acres of woods were also burned.
“The fire department got on it and knocked it down pretty quick,” Gardner said.
According to Gardner, Glover allegedly shot Bowles and then left for the Washington Avenue residence where Glover’s wife was staying with her mother. The mother had called the police in Vinton to report Glover was there causing a problem, he said.
Gardner said the BCSO was contacted by Vinton Police after it appeared that the two incidents were related.
“They started connecting the dots between the Vinton and the Bedford call,” he said. “Some things were said at the Vinton arrest that led back to the Bedford County shooting.”
The protective order had been issued out of Roanoke County and served by Bedford County ordering Glover to not have contact with his wife.
Charges pending against Glover in Bedford County are the first degree murder of Reginald Bowles, the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and arson. Glover is being held in the Roanoke County Jail in Salem on no bond.
Charges placed against Glover in the Vinton incident include breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, abduction, violation of a protective order, violate a protective order while armed with a weapon, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and felon in possession of a firearm.
(Some information for this story was provided by Landmark News Service).