Haymarket man charged with attempted capital murder after gunfire exchange

A Haymarket man is charged with five counts of attempted capital murder after he allegedly led Prince William County police on a car chase and twice opened fire on officers.

Police received a call from a woman saying she and her husband were arguing when he fired shots in the house. Officers were pulling up to the residence in the 5600 block of Wheelwright Way just before 1 a.m. when police say the husband, Jason Michael Paul, 38, sped away in a Hyundai Sante Fe.

Police gave this account of the following events: Officers pursued. Paul ignored their lights and sirens, stopping only when his car struck a median at Route 15 and Dominion Valley Drive. He then stepped out and began shooting at the officers, who returned fire. Paul tried to drive away but only made it a short distance before stopping on Route 15 just before Sudley Road. He fired again. Officers did the same. One bullet pierced the windshield of a police cruiser, just missing the officers who had stepped out of it.

Another bullet hit Paul’s right hand.

Paul was taken into custody and driven to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. In addition to capital murder, he is charged with one count of attempted aggravated malicious wounding, one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling, six counts of the use of a firearm in commission of a felony, one count of felony eluding and one count of destruction of property. A court date is set for Feb. 7.

His wife was not injured. The officers, who also were not hurt, have been placed on routine administrative leave.