Dinwiddie County deputy charged with 2nd degree murder after fatally shooting brother

DINWIDDIE, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia State Police have charged 24-year-old Terrell L. Coles, a deputy with the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office, with 2nd-degree murder after fatally shooting his 25-year-old brother Brandon D. Coles.

Police say the two were at the home of Terrell Coles in the 15700 block of Allen Drive.

“An altercation ensued in the residence in the early hours at 3 a.m.,” said Sgt. Stephan Vick. “At which point Terrell Coles fatally shot and wounded the brother Brandon Coles.”

Neighbors said they were shocked when they heard the news.

“Stuff like this doesn’t happen in this neighborhood,” said neighbor Bryan Williams. “We have a few wild characters but it’s all love.”

Bryan Williams lives just two doors down from Terrell Coles’ home where the murder happened.

“I don’t know if they were inside or outside or what happened but a stray bullet could have went anywhere,” said Williams. “It could have hit our house, could have hit somebody inside the house and that’s what worries me the most.”

Williams said he had just gotten home when the incident happened.

“I came home and I saw all the police cars. I saw it taped off,” said Williams. “I saw them loading the guy up in the car. I sat out here for about an hour trying to figure out what was going on.”

Terrell Coles is currently being held in Dinwiddie County jail without bond.

Off camera, another neighbor close to the family described Terrell as a friendly guy who respected others.

And while Williams didn’t know him well, he remembers meeting Terrell when he first moved to the neighborhood.

“He was a nice guy when I talked to him, especially for me just knocking on his door randomly,” said Williams. “We are all good neighbors here its real shocking that it happened.”

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Richmond Field Division is conducting the investigation.

“We are here at the request of Sheriff Adams,” said Sgt. Vick. “He requested us to come down and do the investigation. So we are here for that reason.”

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