UPDATE MONDAY, JULY 6, 10:58 A.M.: The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office has identified brothers Fred Swick, 39, and Joe Swick, 38, both of Spotsylvania, as the victims in Saturday's fatal shooting.
ORIGINAL STORY: A Spotsylvania man has been charged in connection with a double slaying late Saturday in the county.
Danny Lee Huffman, 48, is charged with two counts of malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and child endangerment, Sheriff’s Capt. Liz Scott. Scott said she was not sure why malicious wounding charges were filed in the case of a double slaying, but said the charges will likely be upgraded in the next few days.
The child endangerment charge stems from the fact that Huffman’s 17-year-old son was with him at the time.
The two victims are brothers whose ages are 38 and 39. Police Sunday were still trying to notify their next-of-kin.
Huffman called 911 about 10:15 p.m. Saturday to report the shooting, police said. He told police he was cut on the arm by one of the victims prior to the shooting. Scott said Huffman did have a non-life-threatening wound that was treated by rescue workers.
The two victims were in their car in the middle of Fox Run Drive when deputies responded to the 911 call. Both were deceased.
The weapon that police believe was used to kill them was found in a pond on Huffman’s property by Sheriff’s Office divers.
Scott said the slayings apparently stemmed from a road-rage incident. There was no immediate indication that the suspect and the victims knew each other or had any prior altercations, though all lived in that same general area.
Huffman is being held without bond in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.Keith Epps: 540/374-5404