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Raleigh man faces murder charges after fatal shooting

Posted August 7, 2016
Updated August 18, 2016

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— A man will appear in court Monday for his connection with Sunday's fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man.

Around 2:30 a.m., officers with the Raleigh Police Department located a gunshot victim, Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas, in the 3500 block of Single Leaf Lane in Raleigh.

Thomas was transported to WakeMed, where he died as a result of his injuries.

Authorities later arrested 39-year-old Chad Cameron Copley, who owns the home.

According to officials, Copley fired a shotgun from inside his garage, striking Thomas. Thomas was outside Copley's garage when he was shot, authorities say.

"We have a lot of people outside our house yelling and shouting profanities," said an unspecified 911 caller. "They were showing a firearm, so I fired a warning shot, and somebody got hit."

The victim's friends and family are saying Thomas was "shot for no reason."

Copley faces murder charges and is being held without bond at the Wake County Detention Center.


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  • Steven Gandy Aug 11, 12:20 p.m.
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    Communication of a threat is a crime.
    The fact are not in yet but the comparison the travon martin was made and in that case it was proven that aggression on the part of martin was the cause of his death. Let's not lynch the homeowner without his day in court.

  • Mike Jones Aug 10, 5:50 p.m.
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    Did they find a gun? Nope. Was he shot on his property, nope. Life in jail, yup

  • Josha Barton Aug 9, 10:58 p.m.
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    Please stick to the facts everybody; No one was coming up the driveway. It's legal to stand on the side walk and use profanities at any hour

  • Sean Creasy Aug 9, 7:35 a.m.
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    So why were these folks outside his house at 2AM? Also was the victim on his property or in the street? Lastly did the RPD find a gun and who else was arrested? Still a lot of questions to be answered before you go playing the race card and swearing that the victim was as pure as the driven snow don't you think?

  • Clarence Drumgoole Aug 8, 9:48 p.m.
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    the 911 call will convict him and he will get the death penalty. Also, a hate crime is in order.

  • Eagle Rest Aug 8, 8:26 p.m.
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    I wouldn't call it premeditated when you are trespassing on someone else's property in the middle of the night yelling profanities and showing weapons. Not to mention the article clearly states that the homeowner was firing a warning shot. It is very unfortunate that someone was shot and killed by the warning shot but had he not been somewhere he didn't belong, then it wouldn't have happened in the first place.

  • Clif Bardwell Aug 8, 3:01 p.m.
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    The victim's friends and family are saying Thomas was "shot for no reason."

    Did they say why he was in Copley's driveway?

  • Donald Holder Aug 8, 1:01 p.m.
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    He should have been at home in the bed resting up for church the next morning.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Aug 8, 12:42 p.m.
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    1st. degree, premeditated, "MURDER"! no excuse!

  • Janet Ghumri Aug 7, 10:49 p.m.
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    1am, and a guy coming up the driveway? Garage door must have been open, I'm thinking, since he wasn't inside the house. Wonder how this will play out? Prayers for the families