PRINCE GEORGE, VA (WWBT) - There is a bizarre case out of Prince George where police responded to burglary in progress, and found the suspect's body on the roof. Police say the suspect is Christopher Garrett, 26, from Hopewell. They say he had a gunshot wound to the head. It happened in the 10000 block of Jordan Parkway.
Police say no officers discharged their weapons.
The call came in just before 1:30 a.m. for a burglary in progress. Police say the homeowner was on vacation when he got an alert on his phone that somebody was breaking in. The images were captured on surveillance video.
"I hear this noise again, as if somebody was knocking into something, and later I heard, sounded like it may have been two shots," says Pastor Eustice E. Mitchell Jr. who lives next door.
He says officers told his family that they had to leave.
"He was very apologetic about it," says Pastor Mitchell. "He said, 'I'm sorry but we will need y'all to leave your house, turn off all your lights, because we don't want any of your sensor lights on because we may need to call in the SWAT team.'"
Prince George Police were able to get into the house, and that's when officers say they heard a gunshot.
"What appeared to us during the investigation, he left out of bedroom window, and this portion of the roof it was fairly flat so it was easy access," says Captain Brian Kei with Prince George Police. Police say when officers went back outside, they found the suspect, Christopher Garrett's body on the roof, with a gunshot wound to the head. Police say a gun was found near his body.
"There was forced entry into the home and there were parts of the room, parts of the house that were ransacked," says Captain Kei.
Now this crime has neighbors shaken up, but Pastor Mitchell says he's taking action and getting surveillance cameras for his own home.
Prince George Police say if you know anything that could help in this case, call Crime Solvers at 804-733-2777.
Police say it's not clear who the gun belonged to.
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