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Report: Accused trooper shooters have drug issues

Zachary Taylor Wood and Dillon Scott Rafsky also implicated in Florida murder.
One of two men charged with attempting to kill an Alabama state trooper during a shootout Saturday and suspected of a Florida murder previously had other brushes with the law according to court documents.

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.

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