Man charged in stepfather’s shooting death

David Hoyle Jr.

FRONT ROYAL – Authorities say a town man shot and killed his stepfather Monday night.

Front Royal police charged David Glynn Hoyle Jr. with one count each of 1st-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of the felony. Hoyle is being held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail pending his first scheduled appearance in Warren County General District Court.

Authorities say Hoyle, 32, of 208 Grand Ave., shot and killed 58-year-old Warren Howard Ramsey on Monday night.

Police responded to a report of a shooting at 208 Grand Ave. where Hoyle and Ramsey share a home with other family members. Officers arrived to find both Hoyle and Ramsey in the residence. Ramsey sustained multiple gunshot wounds and responders pronounced him dead at the scene.

A follow-up investigation by patrol officers and detectives led to Hoyle’s arrest. Authorities say the situation appears to be an isolated incident between the two parties.

Police stand outside 208 Grand Ave. in Front Royal Monday night after a reported shooting that left one person dead. Rich Cooley/Daily

A criminal complaint filed in the district court Tuesday by Detective L.J. Waller, of the Front Royal Police Department, provides little information about the events that led up to the shooting.

“It was determined through eyewitness statements and interviews with Hoyle that he fired multiple rounds at his stepfather, Warren Howard Ramsey,” the complaint states.” The eyewitness further stated that Ramsey was sitting on a couch when Hoyle walked into the living room.

“No words were exchanged and then Hoyle pointed a handgun at Ramsey and fired multiple shots in Ramsey,” the complaint goes on to state.

Emergency medical services personnel pronounced Ramsey dead at the scene. Authorities took Hoyle into custody without incident, the complaint states. Investigators recovered a handgun.

“In an interview with this detective after the incident, Hoyle confessed to shooting his stepfather,” the complaint states.

Front Royal and Warren County law enforcement officers gather on the porch at 208 Grand Ave. in Front Royal after a man was shot and killed there on Monday. Rich Cooley/Dailiy

A conviction of first-degree murder carries a punishment of 20 years to life in prison. Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony carries a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison.

Anyone with more information about the case should contact Detective Zachary King at 540-636-2208 or by email at zking@frontroyalva.com.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com

A Front Royal police officer stands in front of this home where a man was killed on Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Warren County Sheriff deputies stand outside 208 Grand Ave. late Monday night to assist Front Royal Police with a shooting incident. Rich Cooley/Daily

Crime scene tape stretches in front of a police cruiser outside 208 Grand Ave. in Front Royal late Monday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Police walk outside the residence at 208 Grand Ave. where a shooting left one man dead late Monday night. Rich Cooley/Daily