19-year-old accused of shooting father to death in Gladys

Tyler Staples is charged with second-degree murder

By Magdala Louissaint - Lynchburg Bureau Reporter , Heather Butterworth - Digital Content Producer

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Va. - UPDATE:

A Gladys man is sitting in jail. He's accused of killing his own father.

"Well, of course I was shocked because you don't expect to hear about things like this,” a neighbor SAID.

That's what some people who live near the 300 block of Collins Ferry Road had to say after hearing Tyler Staples was accused of killing his father. Officials with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office say that when they got to the home, they found 40-year old John Staples II dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Police believe Tyler pulled the trigger.

“Basically it was just a domestic dispute gone bad. That there had been some arguing in the home and unfortunately, that's what it led to,” Major L.T. Guthrie said. 

The 19-year-old is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. People in the neighborhood didn't want to go on camera because they feared for their safety.

“I guess about 9:30 or so, when we rode through the area, there were, I guess, about seven to eight police cars at the particular location,” said a man who lived near the shooting.

Word traveled fast though about what allegedly happened. 

"I just pray for the family, and I hope everybody, you know, does well and can get through this, and the people that's been hurt through this, that they would come out OK. Of course nobody is coming out unscathed. Everybody's affected in their family. I feel bad for them,” a neighbor said.
 

 

ORIGINAL:

A 19-year-old Gladys man is under arrest following the fatal shooting of his father. 

Deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 300 block of Collins Ferry Road in Gladys around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday. 

When they arrived, they discovered a man who had died from multiple gunshot wounds. They have identified him as 40-year-old John Wesley Staples II.

Evidence gathered at the scene led to the arrest of Tyler Wesley Staples, 19. He is charged with second-degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. 

Tyler Staples is being held without at the Campbell County Adult Detention Center.
 

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