A white homeowner in Raleigh, North Carolina, is being held without bail after recently shooting and killing a black man outside of his house. Chad Cameron Copley, who is white, was being charged with murder in the early Sunday morning incident, during which he "fired a warning shot" at "hoodlums" from inside his garage, according to CTV News.
The 911 call from Copley, 39, was placed a little bit before 1 a.m. Sunday, during which he told the dispatcher that there were “hoodlums” racing outside of his home. Copley then said, "I am locked and loaded. I'm going outside to secure my neighborhood." He went on to reveal that he was a member of the neighborhood watch and asked for police to be sent.
When the dispatcher attempted to get Copley’s address, he ended the call. Seven minutes later, an upset female caller reached out to the police and gave the shooter’s address. Copley spoke with the dispatch once again, this time admitting that he fired a warning shot "like I'm supposed to by law," adding that, "and somebody got hit."
Police placed under arrest Sunday afternoon.
The victim, Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, 20, suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the hospital. His family said they are devastated by the news of his death. “We're broken apart torn apart, not doing well,” one unidentified male relative said.
The victim’s mother, Simon Butler-Thomas, said her son was a good boy who was loving and excited to be moving into a new apartment, according to CBS North Carolina. "They take my baby…this is the worst," she said.
Copley had a brief hearing Monday where he was denied bail. As of Monday afternoon, an attorney had not been assigned to the case. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 29.