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Shooting victim’s mother reveals details of Tacketts Mill Road incident

Friday, Nov. 23 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
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The mother of the 17-year-old boy shot and killed on Tacketts Mill Road Nov. 2 said her son's death could have been avoided.

Angela Newsom gave an accounting of the fatal shooting of her son, Evan Newsom, by law enforcement officials in an e-mail sent to The Free Lance Star.

Both Fauquier and Stafford deputies came to investigate a Hyundai Elantra wrecked in a ditch on Aquia Road early that morning. Both agencies investigated because it lies so close to Fauquier's border with Stafford County.

In the email, Newsom said her son got into a fight with her earlier in the evening, hit her face and took her car keys. After she went to sleep, Evan drove the Elantra, wrecking it about a half mile away from their home on Tacketts Mill Road.

Evan walked home and tried to take the keys to another vehicle. A neighbor got the keys back after an ensuing fight when Evan bit one of them. At this time, they called for police, Newsom said.

Fauquier deputies approached the front of their home with Newsom, trying to get Evan to let them inside. Evan had locked himself in, grabbing a steak knife and holding the door closed.

Reinforcements arrived, and Stafford deputies entered the house through a side entrance, Newsom said. She said she heard a deputy at the front door goading Evan to "go ahead and do something." A few minutes later, she heard the shots that killed her son.

Evan was a senior at Liberty High School. Virginia State Police continue to investigate the shooting, at the request of Fauquier and Stafford's sheriff's offices.
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