When police officers arrived at the home of Gerald Christopher Turner, 47, at 5531 Turnage Road outside Patrick last Saturday afternoon, they found him dead, and his alleged shooter stabbed “in the chest area,” said Sgt. Daniel Scott, criminal investigator and public information officer for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Scott, a 16-year-old boy who was there at the time of the shooting, “but did not witness it directly,” stabbed George Monroe Gaskins, 57, with a knife after he learned Turner had been shot. Gaskins “was bleeding severely” when officers arrived, said Scott.
Scott would not confirm nor deny that the teenage boy lived in the home. He also did not reveal the nature of the boy’s relationship to either man.
Gaskins was transported to Chesterfield General Hospital and treated for his injuries. He remained there until Monday night, when he was transported to the Chesterfield County Detention Center, said Scott. Gaskins is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to Scott.
Chesterfield County Coroner Kip Kiser said an “investigation is still pending.” However, he anticipates the official cause of death, once the body returns from autopsy, to be listed as “possible homicide.”
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