Martinsville man jailed after deadly self-defense shooting

Markus Ugene Lampkins, 29
Markus Ugene Lampkins, 29

MARTINSVILLE (WSLS 10) – The man who is believed to have shot an intruder in self-defense is now in jail.

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

Deputies say upon arrival, Graves 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.

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

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, it’s believed that Lampkins shot Graves in an act of self-defense.

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

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