Oakton Man Arrested for Firing Gun in His Home

Robert Epperson was released last week after being charged with DWI, concealing a weapon

UPDATE (2:30 p.m. Thursday): A $5,000 bond has been set and two charges added against Robert Epperson after an arraignment this morning. Click here for the full story.


UPDATE (8:19 p.m.): An arraignment, in which Robert Epperson will be formally charged, is set for 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Though he currently has no bond set, the judge could set one at the arraignment, a spokesperson with the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center said.


An Oakton man was arrested Wednesday morning after discharging a rifle in his home on Geneva Hill Court, police said. 

Robert Epperson, 50, has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm. 

Fairfax County Police responded to the Hannah Farm neighborhood home around 1 a.m. today 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. Epperson is now being held at the jail until his hearing, scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 7, according to a detention center spokesperson. 

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Anoneemous September 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
A drunk with a gun! The only answer to this kind of serious problem is to ban guns in the United States. That will stop dunks from accidentally firing their guns. Banning guns in the United States will also stop all criminals from carrying guns. Besides, everybody knows that the cause of criminality is guns. If my comment sounds really stupid, it is. But I've heard these kind of suggestions many times, mostly from liberals.
Annonee September 26, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Thanks for the information Nicole. I was wondering why I was kept awake all night with the helicopter right over our home. We are unfortunate enough to live a block from this guy. I had to see the police handcuffing him (he was stopped about a block from his own home and tazed) last week and now the guy is firing off a weapon. The police spokes person is not telling the entire story. Why would they bring out a helicopter, if it was a cooperative event?????? The noise and spot light was upsetting and lasted from about 1:30 am to 2:30 am.
barrybits September 26, 2012 at 08:30 PM
This logic says we ought to also ban all knives, baseball bats, sticks, rocks, any heavy objects, hammers, automobiles, and any other objects that could be used as weapons. Take a serious look at what has happened in other nations where guns have been taken away from private citizens. Robberies, burglaries, home invasions, and other crimes have increased dramatically, because the criminals do not turn in their weapons. In addition, some nations, governments have taken all personal liberties. Guns are not the problem- laxity towards criminals is the issue and this is the problem that needs to be addressed. Banning guns is not a solution.
Annonee September 26, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Alcohol seems to be the problem here!!!!!!!!! This drunk didn't accidently fire his weapon. He has anger issues. Why else would the police have to use a Stun Gun during a DWI stop last week. This guy is lucky the cops did not shoot him. He is acting recklessly and many criminals have been shot for reaching for a concealed weapon during a traffic stop.
somewhereInOakton September 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I would have to agree with you, why was the helicopter brought there? It we extremely annoying, I agree that safety is important and you should take every single step, but bringing the helicopter tells me something more was going on, which we are not aware of....
Jeffrey Wright September 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM
It must be gratifying to see one's news article hijacked with a political argumentative response to a statement that no one made here. Thanks for the information Nicole.
Anoneemous September 27, 2012 at 01:11 PM
To Jeffrey Wright... You are right, I hijacked Nicole's informative article about a drunk with a gun in a nice, quite neighborhood. My apologies. BTW, I don't even own a gun.
Jeffrey Wright September 27, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Just seemed a little odd to begin a firearms argument when based on what has been shared so far, it's a substance abuse issue, which may have another issue behind it. But it does bring up a question that I honestly don't know the answer to. So if someone does, please feel free to tell me. When someone is pulled over for a DWI, they may depending on severity and frequency have their driver's license suspended. It's theoretically just short of taking the car away from them. Why? So they can't hurt/kill anyone with it. What happens when someone fires a weapon illegally while intoxicated? Does the firearm get taken away so they can't hurt/kill anyone with it? If not, is it because driving is a privilege under the law and bearing arms is a right? Not being snarky or argumentative, I honestly don't know the answer/reasoning. - Thanks.
Joe Brenchick September 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The difference between genius and stupidity is, genius has limits …
Nicole Trifone (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Jeffrey, I'm not sure if it's a question better suited for a lawyer or the police, but I can certainly submit it to Officer Twombly as part of our Ask an Officer series (http://oakton.patch.com/topics/Ask+an+Officer). If he can answer it, he will.
Nicole Trifone (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 06:41 PM
A $5,000 bond has been set and two charges added against Robert Epperson after an arraignment this morning: http://patch.com/A-yjsj
chlobayb October 06, 2012 at 05:27 PM
He used to work for the government
Nicole Trifone (Editor) October 12, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Jeffrey, Officer Wayne Twombly answered your question in our latest edition of Ask an Officer: http://oakton.patch.com/articles/ask-an-officer-what-happens-when-someone-fires-a-weapon-while-intoxicated. Thanks for asking! Nicole


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