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Suspects sought in fatal shooting of teen


By Joe Beck

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office continued its investigation Thursday into the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy at his home in the 200 block of Monastery Ridge Road Wednesday.

Authorities said they were still trying to determine whether the fatal shot came from a gun fired by the victim's father or by one of two men who were confronting him.

The sheriff's office said in a press release that deputies were sent to the victim's home near Jordan Springs after someone at the residence called emergency dispatch at 12:06 a.m.

Authorities said they met with the owner of the house, who described an altercation with two men, one of them armed with a shotgun, at his front door. One of the men fired, then the homeowner squeezed off a round from his handgun, Capt. Allen Sibert, a
Sheriff's Office spokesman, said in an interview.

"The doorbell rang," Sibert said. "When he went to answer, two individuals were there, one armed. And of course the homeowner was armed and confronted them and then things went a little south."

"The whole thing was over in five seconds," Sibert said.

Authorities say the homeowner then realized his son had been fatally wounded and immediately called for the Sheriff's Office. Sibert said county paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The suspects fled in a large vehicle, possibly an SUV, and remain at large, authorities said.

The suspects are described in the press release as white males, both in their 20s. One suspect was described as 5-feet 11-inches tall with a beard and mustache. He was wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans and a baseball cap. The second suspect was described as having brown hair, a mustache and beard. He was wearing a toboggan cap, blue jeans and boots.

Sibert said the homeowner "had never seen" either of the two men.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact K.C. Bohrer at the Frederick County Sheriff's Office or Crime Solvers at 540-665-8477.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com




18 Comments



My prayers go out to the family

Something doesn't add up here....

it makes sense, expect the who shot who part. Assuming there were two guys who showed up, i would suspect it was drug related, the 17 year old either owed money or had robbed one of the other two kids or a friend of theirs.

Wouldn't it be swell if this poor family could bury their child before you drag him through the mud?

Or...they had the wrong house..doom27? If it can happen elsewhere it can happen here. My prayers go out to the entire family for having this happen.

Once again, ignorance jumps out the window before looking to see what floor it’s on. Never fails. My prayers to the young man's family and friends.

It is inappropriate to describe the gunmen by race.

Of course, the entire tragic episode could have been avoided if guns of all types were banned in Virginia.

Tell me how gun violence is doing in NYC, Chicago and California...The tragedy is the assailants didn't meet the same fate. Further, there is something more to this than meets the eye. I'm sure it will come out in the wash.

The race of the suspects is and always will be a very important piece of information. And when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns. Do you really believe that criminals would not be able to obtain guns if they were illegal to own? Guns were illegal in DC and NYC for many years and that never prevented crimes with firearms. It only prevented law-abiding citizens from protecting their homes and property.

There are two murderers running loose in our area, and police are asking for help in finding them.

How do you propose that they give a full and accurate description of these men without mentioning that they are white?

That is almost as absurd as your gun banning solution.

Was the boy behind his father or in between the father and the suspects? Was the boy shot by the shotgun that the "suspects" had or the handgun that the father had? What is the rest of the story? It's human nature to be curious.
I am sorry this family lost their son, I could not imagine having to go through something like this.

I don't believe the story at all. Two men show up armed with a shotgun and the owner answers the door with a handgun? Does the owner always answer the door armed? There is more to this story that what is being told at this point. Sounds like Dad was expecting armed company for a reason.

I agree with Old Clunker, something was up if the dad was armed! I think it could have been non-drug related.

I pray for the family of the victime though. Hopefully the shooters will get what they deserve soon.

Read the Winchester star article from yesterday. If you had been a police officer your entire career and someone was banging on your door after midnight when you live off a country road...what would you do? Call the police? He was a retired cop with over 20 years experience. The truth of the matter is that there are horrible people out there that do horrible things to good people. Prayers to the family as they go through the hardest thing they will ever go through.

The dad was a police officer at LFCC. He had a gun because that's his job.

I'm sorry I was going to super analyze everything about this story, including the comments, obituary, etc. But It definately wouldnt be fair to anyone.

He was a police officer at LLFC after retiring from warren co.



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