Father Charged with Killing His Adopted Daughter

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

UPDATE: 6/20/2013 8:51 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Kanawha County man who police say shot two of his children and himself has been arrested after getting out of the hospital.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says Roy Rodger Pittman was arrested Thursday. He's facing murder and malicious wounding charges.

Deputies were dispatched to Pittman's home on May 24, where they found his 15-year-old adopted daughter had been killed with a shotgun. His adopted son also had been shot.

Authorities say Pittman shot himself in the face when confronted by deputies. He had been hospitalized until Thursday, when he was transported to the South Central Regional Jail.

Detectives have not release a motive or the statuses of other family members, including the son.

It was not clear Thursday whether Pittman had an attorney.

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UPDATE: 05/25/2013 PM

New details tonight surrounding a triple shooting in Kanawha County. Deputies say a father killed his 15 year-old adopted daughter and wounded his adopted son.

Authorities have released the name of the man charged in the Friday night homicide.

Deputies say 69-year-old Roy Roger Pittman shot and killed his adopted daughter Brittany and wounded his adopted son Matthew before shooting himself in the face.

It happened Friday night on Keystone Drive.

Police say Roy and Brittany were arguing in her bedroom when he shot her in the chest.

He then went to a neighbor's house and shot Matthew in the groin area.
When police arrived on scene, he turned the gun on himself.

Roy has seven adopted children, one of whom says she's never known him to be violent.

The children's mother called 911 for help.

"What could motivate a person to do that? It really brings it home when it's so close to you. You know when it's just four houses down. You think this could happen anywhere to anybody and it's just really scary to think about," says one neighbor.

Roy and Matthew are currently being treated at CAMC General.

Roy now faces one count of murder and one count of attempted murder.
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Kanawha County Deputies say 69-year-old Roy Roger Pittman is charged in the death of his adopted daughter.

They say the two were arguing Friday night in the bedroom of their home when he shot his daughter in the chest. That's when Pittman left the home and walked to a neighbor's house and, according to deputies, shot his adopted son in the leg. The 18-year-old boy is being treated at a hospital.

The children's mother called 911 for help. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, deputies say Pittman turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the face.

He was taken into custody and then transported to the hospital.

Deputies say there is no word yet on what started the domestic dispute.


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