15-year old Virginia boy charged with murder after shooting man attacking his mom

A 15-year old male in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting of a man he said was attacking the teen’s mother.

In a media release from the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Department, officers responded to a call at approximately 3:45 p.m. March 8, for a shooting on Towles Mill Road. When deputies arrived, the release said, they discovered the body of John Conroy Jr. in the front room of the home. Conroy had sustained multiple gunshot wounds, the release said.

Detectives determined that the incident had started several hours earlier, when Conroy and his 36-year old girlfriend,  a resident in the home and the teen’s mother, began arguing. According to initial information gathered by law enforcement, Conroy began physically attacking the woman in front of her son, who is not related to Conroy. The son, in an effort to protect his mother, took a semiautomatic firearm from a nearby location in the room and fired several shots at Conroy, striking him multiple times.

The teen’s mother was treated by medical personnel at the scene for non-life threatening injuries.

Late that evening, the Criminal Investigations Division processed the scene of the shooting. After the initial investigation, sheriff’s detectives consulted with the Spotsylvania Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to file petitions for the arrest of the 15-year old that fired the shots which resulted in Conroy’s death.

The teen has been charged with second degree murder and the use of a firearm during commission of a felony. He was arrested and transported to the Rappahannock Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

According to the release, Sheriff Roger L. Harris said, “The investigation is still in the early stages and is ongoing. A myriad of evidentiary items, statements, interviews and further investigative assignments are underway.”

The release said that in Virginia, all homicides are presumed to be second degree murders at the beginning of the case. After completion of the investigation and testing of forensic evidence and confirmed, the initial charge or charges can be raised, lowered or dismissed.