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Warrant: Witnesses say homicide victim lying on floor when shot

By Dave Thompson

Witnesses told police that the Lynchburg man accused of fatally shooting a Heritage High School graduate at a party Saturday night did so while the victim was lying on the floor, according to statements in a search warrant filed in Lynchburg Circuit Court Tuesday.

According to the warrant, witnesses told police that Gregory Lee Kittrell Jr., 21, showed up to a party at the Fraternal Order of Police lodge at 221 Wiggington Road, and got into a fight with Brian Patterson, also 21.

Once the fight broke up, witnesses said, Kittrell pulled out a handgun and started shooting. While everyone was on the ground, including Patterson, witnesses said Kittrell walked over to Patterson and shot him several times before putting the gun into his own pants and leaving the scene, the warrant stated.

The warrant, filed by Lynchburg Police Department Detective J.T. Loyd, authorized officers to search Kittrell’s residence at 2226 Tulip St. for the handgun, ammunition, blood, fibers and trace evidence, as well as a white T-shirt and dark pants witnesses told police Kittrell was wearing at the time.

Lynchburg Police Capt. Ryan Zuidema said on Tuesday that Kittrell and Patterson were acquainted, but he did not know the nature of their relationship.

Kittrell turned himself in at the Lynchburg Police Department at about 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Zuidema said.

He is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond, and facing charges of first-degree murder, malicious wounding and two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, police said.

The homicide is Lynchburg’s first of the year, following a year with only three homicides, Zuidema said.

On Tuesday, police released statistics regarding calls to the lodge to which they had responded in the past year.

In addition to the incident on Saturday, police had responded to 14 calls, including an assault, three fight-in-progress calls, three loud-music calls, a noise complaint and a suspicious activity call.

Managers of the lodge said Monday that they believed the facility had been rented for a family reunion.

Zuidema said the Fraternal Order of Police is not affiliated with LPD, and the facility is routinely rented for non-police activities.

A funeral service for Patterson has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Court Street Baptist Church, according to Community Funeral Home in Lynchburg.

Patterson played football and basketball at Heritage before he graduated in 2008.

Former coach Doug Smith recalled him as an integral part of the team’s defense.

Smith said Patterson returned to Lynchburg after a year or two of college at West Virginia Tech.

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