Bond Set for Oakton Man Who Fired Gun in Home

Robert Epperson faces three charges after this morning's arraignment

Update 4:30 p.m. Monday: Fairfax County Police said no shots were fired from outside Robert Epperson's home during the Sept. 26 incident for which he was arrested.


Update 3:49 p.m.: Robert Horton Epperson is no longer being held at the Adult Detention Center, according to a spokesperson.


Original: An Oakton man arrested for firing a rifle in his home has a $5,000 bond set after an arraignment Thursday morning.

At the arraignment, Robert Horton Epperson, 50, of Geneva Hill Court, was formally charged on three counts: reckless handling of a firearm, unlawfully discharging a firearm and discharging a firearm in public. 

Fairfax County Police have not yet responded to questions regarding whether Epperson shot his rifle outside the home. 

Epperson has not yet posted the $5,000 bond and is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 7.

Officers responded to the Hannah Farm neighborhood home around 1 a.m. Wednesday after a report of shots fired.

Epperson, who reportedly showed signs of alcohol intoxication, was alone in the home and cooperated with police, said Lucy Caldwell, spokesperson for FCPD.

Last week, Epperson was arrested at the intersection of Hannah Farm Road and Lasswade Lane for driving while intoxicated and concealing a weapon while intoxicated. In the Sept. 17 incident, police used a stun gun to subdue Epperson, who had reportedly taken actions during his field sobriety tests to give the officer cause to use the stun gun. Details on those actions were not released.

Epperson was released from the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on $2,500 bond Sept. 20 after last week's charges. 

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Annonee September 29, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Actually their hands are tied when it comes to this incident. But I can tell you that at the exact time that it was reported that this man was ''no longer being held at the Adult Detention Center, according to a spokesperson.'' the Fairfax County Police were protecting our community and showed up in force to make sure he did not return to the place that he is banned from where the incident took place. I am certain that they believe the safest place for this person is jail. He continues to drink and fire weapons. I hope he is getting help for his problems and that he does not hurt someone.
chlobayb October 06, 2012 at 05:21 PM
What? "Fairfax County Police said no shots were fired outside Robert Epperson's home during the Sept. 26 incident for which he was arrested" I'm curious about this comment, because I know the family of the house and there definitely were 100 rounds of guns shots fired into the house. Why does the article say otherwise? Did the Nicole, the reporter, look at the house? And it would be interesting to see an article about his past considering he did work for either the FBI or CIA before retiring a few years back.
chlobayb October 06, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Your comment is pure speculaton and consipiracy without any fact. You are insulting the victims.
Nicole Trifone October 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
After Epperson was charged with discharging a firearm in public, I asked Fairfax County Police to clarify if he was outside when he shot his rifle. They said he was not, and that "all of the shots fired occurred within the residence." I will clarify the language of the sentence you pulled to say "no shots were fired FROM outside..." Thanks for reading, Nicole
chlobayb October 06, 2012 at 05:32 PM
oh I see. Thank you for the clarification, Nicole. I'm so concerned for the family. He was released from the Adult detention center, did he give the $5000 bail or is there another reason?


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