Raleigh police: Suspect shoots, kills man with shotgun

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Chad Cameron Copley (WTVD)

Police found a 20-year-old man shot outside a home on the 3500 block of Singleleaf Lane in Raleigh early Sunday morning. The victim, Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, was taken to WakeMed, where he was pronounced dead.

Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas


Authorities said a man, Chad Cameron Copley, 39, fired a shotgun from inside his garage and hit Thomas.

Copley was arrested and charged with murder. He was taken to the Wake County Detention Center.

Police were called to a home on the 3500 block of Singleleaf Lane around 1 a.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2016.



ABC11 obtained a 911 call that appears to have come from the suspect.

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF THE 911 CALL
Operator: Can you tell me exactly what happened?
Caller: We have a lot of people outside of our house. They were shouting obscenities. I asked them to please leave the premises. They were showing their firearms. I fired a warning shot. One of them was hit.

Operator: Someone got shot?

Man: I don't know if someone was shot but I fired my warning shot and most people left. Two black people. They do have firearms and I was trying to protect me and my family.


Over the past year, police have responded to the suspect's home four times. Calls consisted of a missing juvenile, fraud, service call and domestic in nature.

Anyone with information is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

We understand the suspect in this case is the son-in-law of reporter Greg Barnes. This was a shock to him and all of us at ABC11. We'll stay on it and give any updates we get.

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