A Barboursville, West Virginia man “stood his ground” against two dangerous criminals he caught poking around his shed — except the victims were not dangerous, not criminals, nor was it his shed.
Responsible gun owner Rodney Black (62) of Barboursville saw Garrick and Carl Hopkins poking around a shed on a piece of property one of the brothers had recently purchased when he opened fire without warning from his bedroom window, killing both the men.
He proceeded to call the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department after the incident to report that he saw two men entering his building–so he shot them. According to a Sheriff’s department release,
[box type=”shadow”]”Garrick Hopkins took his brother to his newly purchased lot to show him the property where he and his family were to build a new residence in the coming weeks. The outbuilding in question was on the Hopkins property and contained no belongings of the suspect Rodney Black.”[/box]
Neighbor Regina Lafferty told WCHS that Black was a “cold” man and made her uneasy. She had previously instructed her children to stay away from him.
Detectives seized a sizeable cache of weapons and ammunition from Black’s home, and he has been charged with two counts of first degree murder.
The “responsible gun owner” currently resides in the Western Regional Jail, while the Hopkins brothers have been deprived of an opportunity to live their lives.