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Reston, Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney | Kayaker Shot on Open Water May Have Shot Self

Author: Portner & Shure

Police believe a kayaker who reported being shot on open water in April may have shot himself, a search warrant revealed.

Back in April, David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, of Reston, Va., told investigators that while kayaking on Bodkin Creek, he saw a laser-like red dot on his abdomen and suddenly felt an excruciating amount of pain. He didn't make it back to shore until the next morning, telling authorities he feared overturning or drowning. The bullet entered just below the sternum, hit his ribs and lodged in his back.

Police say during the course of their investigation, they noticed a number of inconsistencies in his story. Police say the angle of the gunshot wound was also consistent with Seafolk-Kopp being left-handed. Several guns, holsters, and boxes of ammunition were seized from Seafolk-Kopp's Reston home earlier this month, the search warrant says.

No charges have been filed against Seafolk-Kopp at this time. Investigators say Seafolk-Kopp has not cooperated with their investigation since April.

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