Report: Shooter released

Man claims self-defense 

By Kevin Spradlin

* Read the original report here

ROCKINGHAM — The man taken into custody within minutes after a fatal shooting early Tuesday afternoon in Rockingham has been released.

Kevin Spradlin |

Kevin Spradlin |

Authorities said the man claimed self defense. A source said the shooting victim, who later died of the single gunshot wound from a .22-caliber firearm, had threatened the man with a knife.

That’s when the shooter reached for his gun. It’s not known if the shooter was injured in the incident. Though exact details are not yet known, it’s been reported by multiple individuals that the source of the argument was about dogs on the property.

Officers with the Rockingham Police Department, personnel with FirstHealth EMS and volunteers with Richmond County Rescue Squad responded at 12:36 p.m. to a home in the 1600 block of Pecan Street, located off Richmond Road in Rockingham, for a report of a gunshot wound. Upon arrival, officers found the shooting victim on the back porch of a single-story home with a gunshot wound to the chest.

By 12:45 p.m., officers had the shooter in handcuffs heading towards the back seat of a patrol car.

Late Tuesday night, police said the investigation is ongoing. In an emailed statement to media, the Rockingham Police Department referred to the place of the shooting still as “the crime scene.”


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    Eric came home and immediately started an argument with Dewey. He was screaming at Dewey saying that Dewey’s dog was making the house smell bad. Dewey argued back saying that was not true. Eric continued to scream and yell at Dewey and threatening to fight Dewey. Dewey felt threatened and aggravated by Eric screaming at him and he grabbed a knife to defend himself. The couple continued arguing and ended up on the deck outside. Lisa who is Dewey’s sister was there and was screaming at Eric to leave Dewey alone. Lisa got in between the two and was standing in front of Dewey. Eric leaves the deck and goes back inside the house. He grabs his 22 rifle and goes back outside. Eric points and shoots at Lisa and Dewey who is over 20 feet away and hits Dewey between the chest and shoulder. I really don’t know how Lisa wasn’t the one shot as she was in front of Dewey facing in Eric’s direction.

    Eric’s temper caused him to make a wrong decision. Eric had the opportunity to get in his vehicle which he passed on the way inside, he could have called the police on Dewey, ran away or went back in the house and locked the doors and calmed down. Instead he chose to go back outside and kill Dewey. I think once Dewey was shot and fell to the ground it hit Eric that he had made a mistake. He went over to Dewey and tried to help by holding pressure on the wound and slow down the bleeding. The bullet hit a main artery and there was nothing that could be done. Dewey passed away at the hospital shortly afterwards.

    I know Eric didn’t want Dewey to die. Eric just let hit temper get the best of him and made a terrible decision. This doesn’t change the fact that Eric left the area where the argument was and went inside out of harms way. Then Eric went back to where Dewey was and killed him. It is not self defense when you leave and come back and shoot someone that has a knife that is over 20 feet away from you while another person is holding that person back. Dewey was no longer a threat at this point. I believe that if you are not in immediate danger that you are breaking the law by shooting at two people that are over 20 feet away and killing one of them. I know Eric may not have wanted Dewey to die but he needs to be punished for what he has done.

    This family needs prayers and support at this tragic time.

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