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UPDATE: Details of Deadly Cabell Shootings Released in Court Documents

By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, Dan Griffin Email

UPDATE 1/27/14 @ 10:15 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Details of a shooting that left two men dead in Barboursville on Saturday have been released in the criminal complaint.

Rodney Bruce Black, 62, of Barboursville, has been charged with two counts of 1st degree murder.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas says Garrick Hopkins, 60, of Milton and his brother, Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, of Oak Hill, W.Va. died after being shot by Black.

The shooting happened outside Black’s home at 12 Lane Drive about 2:30 p.m Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, Black told detectives in his statement that he saw two men “shaking the door on his tool shed in his backyard.” He said he then “reached and got his .243 and loaded the gun and pointed the gun out of his window and the shot the first male and then pulled the bolt action back and fired another shot and hit the other male.”

Black also told deputies in his statement that the “did not warn them nor did he call 911 when saw them.”

He also advised that “no first aid was given after the incident.”

Sheriff McComas said in a release on Sunday that Garrick Hopkins had recently purchased the lot adjacent to #12 Lane Drive.

McComas says he took his brother to the property Saturday to show him where he and his family were planning to build their new home in the coming weeks.

The Sheriff says the outbuilding in question was on the Hopkins property and contained no belonging of Mr. Black’s.

Inside Black's home, McComas says detectives seized a large number of weapons and ammunition.

Black is being held without bond in the Western Regional Jail. His preliminary hearing is set for February 4.

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UPDATE 1/26/14 @ 4:00 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Cabell County Sheriff's office has released the names of two men killed in a shooting, Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff Tom McComas says Garrick Hopkins, 60, from Milton and his brother Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, from Oak Hill both died when they were shot on Lane Drive in Barboursville.

Rodney Bruce Black has been charged with two counts of 1st degree murder. Deputies say he admitted to shooting the two men because he thought they were trespassing on his property.

Sheriff McComas says the land actually belonged to Garrick Hopkins. He had just purchased it and was showing his brother where he and his family were planning to build their new home in the coming weeks.

Inside Black's home, deputies seized many weapons and ammunition.

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UPDATE 1/25/14 @ 10:04 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Behind a perimeter of yellow crime tape, a morbid scene.

Cabell County Sheriff's officials said Rodney Bruce Black, 63, of Barboursville, killed two men with a scoped rifle.

"Mr. Black had called 9-1-1 and said that he had in fact shot two individuals," said McComas.

Deputies said Black shot the men from his home on Old Crow Drive.

"He did not know the victims, he had no interactions with the victims prior to the shooting," said Cabell County Sheriff, Tom McComas.

Investigators said he told dispatchers the two men were breaking into his shed, but sheriff's officials said the shed wasn't his.

"These two men had every legal right to be where they were," said McComas.

Neighbors just down the street said they're stunned this happened so close.

"Never been nothing like this before and the guy that done it, I never dreamed of him doing anything like this," said Clyde Bess, a neighbor.

The Cabell County Sheriff said the investigation is still in the early stages, but Black has been cooperative.

"We're obtaining search warrants for Mr. Black's residence," said McComas.

Still, neighbors hope the search will shed more light on why this shooting happened.

"Just don't know, you don't know what, it could be a peaceful neighborhood, but it turn out to be a bad neighborhood too," said Bess.

Rodney Bruce Black now faces two first degree murder charges.

Investigators say no one else was in the home at the time of the shooting.


UPDATE 1/25/14 @ 7:30 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is now facing two first degree murder charges after a double shooting Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff Tom McComas says Rodney Black, 63, called police and said he thought two men were breaking into his shed, so he shot them with a rifle.

However, deputies say the shed was not on Black's property and the men had the legal right to be there.

The victims' names have not been released.

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UPDATE 1/25/14 @ 5:00 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two men are dead after a shooting along Lane Drive in Barboursville, Saturday afternoon.

Police received a call about 2:30 p.m. from a man who said he believed two men were breaking into his shed, so he shot and killed them.

Cabell County Sheriff Tom McComas tells WSAZ.com that they are questioning the homeowner and working with prosecutors to determine if any charges will be filed.

Deputies are still on the scene investigating. They say there are no footprints indicated that the shooter left his home and approached the men.

No names are being released at this time.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/25/14 @ 3:45 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cabell County Sheriff's deputies are on the scene of a double shooting in Barboursville.

It happened about 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Lane Drive.

Deputies on the scene tell WSAZ.com that two men have been shot.

No arrests have been made, but police are taking one man to the station for questioning.

No other details are being released at this time. WSAZ has a crew on the scene.

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