Man faces gun charge after self-defense shooting of intruder, deputies say


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSLS) – A man believed to have shot an intruder in self-defense is now in jail, not for shooting the man, but for having the gun he used to fire the shot.

29-year-old Markus Lampkins shot 28-year-old Michael Graves on Thursday, after Graves and his brother forced their way into a home to confront Lampkins, according to authorities.

Deputies say upon arrival, Graves, who lived in Eden, N.C., forced the front door open and entered the home, on 2052 Stoney Mountain Road, armed with a handgun.

Once inside, Graves and Lampkins got into a confrontation over a domestic-related issue, investigators say.

Lampkins reportedly tried to get away to the back of the home, but Graves had followed him, according to authorities.

Deputies say Lampkins was also armed and fired one shot that hit Graves in the chest. After being shot, Graves went outside and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

After a review of the physical evidence, statements made by witnesses and consultation with the Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney, investigators believe that Lampkins shot Graves in an act of self-defense.

Lampkins was charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony, authorities say. He is in jail without bond, and deputies say there will be no additional charges at this time.

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