Zachary Taylor Wood, 23, and Dillon Scott Rafsky, 21, were taken into custody after exchanging gunfire near Hartford with the Trooper Lee “Marcell” Phillips. The officer received a shoulder wound while Wood and Rafsky suffered minor injuries when the trooper returned fire.
Records show Wood was free on bond in connection with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia charges in Crenshaw County. A burglary charge against Wood is also pending. Records show Rafsky was previously charged with only traffic citations but failed to show up for court.
A source familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly regarding the matter told DothanFirst.com both men, when taken into custody, admitted to officers they have a drug problem.
Rafsky, on his Facebook page, mentions he has a two year old daughter. Both men claim they attended Auburn University.
Wood and Rafsky are also expected to be charged with murder in the death of a Chipley, Florida man whose body was found at his home. Investigators say they were driving a car belonging to James W. Shores. Wood and Rafsky face attempted murder charges in the shooting Lee “Marcell” Phillips.
The suspects appeared before a Geneva County judge Monday morning, advised of the charges against them, and appointed attorneys.