A North Carolina homeowner warned 911 dispatchers that he was just protecting his family before firing a shot that killed a black man standing in the street.
Chad Cameron Copley, 39, who is white, was charged with murder after fatally shooting 20-year-old Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas shortly after 1AM on Sunday morning. Thomas was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Copley used a shotgun to fire a shot from his garage into the street.
“We Got a Bunch of Hoodlums”: Said Neighborhood Watchman Before Firing Into Street, Killing Man
ABC 11 obtained the 911 transcript of Copley speaking to a dispatcher:
Operator: Can you tell me exactly what happened?
Caller: We have a lot of people outside of our house. They were shoutingobscenities. I asked them to please leave the premises. They were showing their firearms. I fired a warning shot. One of them was hit.
Operator: Someone got shot?
Man: I don’t know if someone was shot but I fired my warning shot and most people left. Two black people. They do have firearms and I was trying to protect me and my family.
According to WNCN, Copley said “hoodlums” were racing outside his home.
“We got a bunch of hoodlums out here racing…I am locked and loaded and I am going outside to secure my neighborhood. You need to send PD as quickly as possible. I am going to secure my neighborhood. I am on the neighborhood watch. I am going to have my neighbors with me.”