“We Got a Bunch of Hoodlums”: Neighborhood Watchman Arrested After Shooting at “Two Black People”, Killing One, With ‘Warning’ Shot

by admin | August 8, 2016 5:25 pm

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

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ABC 11[1] 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 shouting
obscenities. I asked them to please leave the premises. They were showing their firearms. I fired a warning shot. One of them was hit.

Chad Cameron Copley

Chad Cameron Copley


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,[2] 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.”

  1. ABC 11: http://abc11.com/news/police-suspect-arrested-after-killing-man-with-shotgun/1460260/
  2. WNCN,: http://wncn.com/2016/08/08/nc-homeowner-set-to-appear-in-court-after-young-man-killed-in-deadly-shooting/

Source URL: http://breakingbrown.com/2016/08/got-bunch-hoodlums-neighborhood-watchman-arrested-shooting-two-black-people-killing-one-warning-shot/