Loudoun Sheriff: Teen's Death a ‘Tragic Situation;’ Commonwealth's Attorney Consulted
Caleb Gordley’s family has still not seen their son's body two days after he was shot by a neighbor who believed him to be an intruder. Sheriff says he's consulting with Loudoun prosecutors in the investigation.
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman called the shooting death of a teenager a "tragic circumstance" and said Tuesday that he has been consulting with the commonwealth's attorney general about whether charges should be filed against the neighbor who fired the shots.
The teen, Caleb Gordley, was shot to death after entering the man’s home at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, apparently after drinking at a party and mistaking the neighbor's house for his own.
Caleb, who attended Park View High School, was pronounced dead at the scene, but his family continues to await access to the body of the 16-year-old student athlete.
“This is just a tragic circumstance all the way around,” Chapman said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon. “There does not seem to be any indication at this point that Caleb had gone in the house to commit any further crime. It’s obviously a crime by going into the house. But whether there was any indication that he was going to commit further crime, there is not at this point.”
See clips from press conference in video to right.
Chapman said no charges have been filed, but did not rule out that possibility.
“At this point its under investigation and we’re in contact daily with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office,” he said, which would be standard in such a case whether or not charges were being contemplated.
According to information provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office, Gordley appears to have entered the home through a window and encountered the home’s owner on a stairway. The window was not broken.
When asked what happened inside, Chapman said that information will be released once investigators have corroborated what they believe are the facts.
“I don’t want to release anything that’s not completely substantiated,” he said, adding that “a lot of innuendo and rumor” were being spread on social networks. “It would be irresponsible for us to release anything that’s not verified.”
Still under review, according to the sherriff, are the number of shots fired and type of weapon used.
“That's all privileged information as part of the ongoing investigation,” he said.
Chapman said the department was looking into why Gordley’s family was not able to see him before the medical examiner’s office took custody of his body.
“I think the delay occurred because the medical examiner asked for that,” he said, adding the medical examiner determines when to release a body in custody.
Patch will continue to provide updates about this case.