Police investigate two domestic-related shootings in one week
CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -
Neighbors in a quiet Chesterfield community got a startling wake-up call Sunday. Officers say Jacob Lee Edwards is recovering in the hospital with a single gunshot wound to his chest. He was shot just before 10:30 a.m. on Lake Caroline Court, off Cogbill Road, not too far from the Irongate Village Shopping Center.
This is the second domestic related shooting in Chesterfield in just a few days. Police say a husband shot and killed his wife, set their Castle Glen Court home on fire, and then killed himself Thursday.
A neighbor on Lake Caroline Court, who first called police, says he and his family were just getting ready to go to church when his kids saw the man, shot and laying in a neighbor's yard across the street. The first thing Keat Powell did was run to get some help.
"I think he said something to the effect that I've been shot, please call 911 and that's exactly what did," said Powell.
Officers and detectives were on scene for several hours Sunday morning. They interviewed the victim's wife, and two kids, ages 15 and 19, who were inside during the fight.
"To whatever degree they were home," said Lt. Rich McCullough with Chesterfield Police. "I don't know to what degree they witnesses the incident."
The neighbor said his kids actually found the man laying in his neighbor's front yard bleeding and screaming for help.
It's a sight he hoped his kids would never have to experience.
"You know, they were startled," Powell said. "They weren't really quite sure what to make of that, but we've calmed them down. Of course, this is very unusual to happen in a neighborhood like this."
In the seven years Powell has lived there, he's never seen anything this serious on what's typically a quiet cul-de-sac.
"It's not something you expect on a Sunday morning," Powell added. "You're headed out for church and you just hear a man calling for you from across the street who's been shot. You certainly don't see that everyday."
Police say they've taken out a warrant for domestic assault against the husband. They say he's going to survive. As of right now, they haven't filed any charges against the wife. NBC12 will continue to provide the latest updates on this investigation on air and online.