80-year-old man charged with shooting, killing neighbor in Spotsylvania County over dispute

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Spotsylvania County man has been arrested and charged with 1st-degree murder after shooting his neighbor during a dispute over a land boundary line.

The incident happened Sunday in the 7200 block of Young Lane when deputies said that Larry Keith Johnston who is 80, shot and killed his 65-year-old neighbor Louis Hubert Guy Prud’Homme.

Deputies found Homme lying in his driveway after succumbing to a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Johnston was taken into custody after deputies located him at his house.

Larry Johnston, courtesy of Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office

Detectives interviewed several witnesses and determined that the incident stemmed from an ongoing feud over the property boundary between the neighbor’s properties. The victim had a landscaping crew on scene performing lawn maintenance when the incident occurred.

Prud’Homme’s family released the following statement to 8News:

We are devastated to announce the death of Guy Prud’homme on May 21st at his home in Spotsylvania.

Guy was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Patsy, six children and four in-law children, and one grandchild.

Guy was also an international businessman who enjoyed success in his native Mauritius, India, and finally his adopted home in the U.S.

Blessed with infectious humor, enthusiasm and a zest for life, Guy brought joy to his family and all those he met.

We thank everyone for their understanding as we request privacy and space to grieve during these difficult times.

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