Virginia man who allegedly shot his roommate thinking he was a burglar now accused of murder

Source: Rappahannock Regional Jail

Dec. 26 2021, Published 11:29 a.m. ET

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A Virginia man has been charged with murder for the shooting death of his roommate, who the suspect mistook for a burglar, police said.

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Terrence Oliver Smith, 37, is also charged with possessing a firearm as a felon, discharging a firearm from a dwelling causing death, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and possessing a stolen firearm, according to The Free Lance-Star.

The victim was identified as Dequan Calvin Thomas, 28, The Free Lance-Star reported.

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Spotsylvania County Sheriff's deputies went to the 6600 block of Wagon Drive in the Meadows Mobile Home Park in Fredericksburg, Virginia, after receiving a 911 call around 2:10 a.m. on Dec. 18, according to The Free Lance-Star.

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When deputies arrived, they found Thomas suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper body, The Free Lance-Star reported.

Lifesaving attempts were unsuccessful and Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene, according to The Free Lance-Star.

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Cops say Smith told deputies that he fired several shots through the door from inside the home because he thought someone was trying to break in, The Free Lance-Star reported.

Smith was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail and is being held without bond, according to The Free Lance-Star.


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