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Staunton Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

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A Staunton man is in jail after an early-morning shooting that killed his friend. Twenty-one-year-old Nicholas Rilee faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and reckless handling of a firearm.

Police say Rilee was in his house on College Circle at about 4:30 a.m. when he shot 20-year-old Richard Firebaugh. The victim suffered a wound to the head or neck, and died at the scene.

Investigators say Rilee and Firebaugh were playing video games together, and were not arguing.

Sergeant Eric Salemi said, "Nick Rilee was in the residence and explained to us what happened. We investigated the case and then we placed charges against Mr. Rilee. We don't believe that the shooting incident, the facts behind it, rose to the level of a one or two murder charge."

Police say Rilee is the person who called 911 to report the shooting. He is being held in the Middle River Regional Jail.

Rilee is scheduled to have a bond hearing on Thursday.


Staunton Police Department
News Release

The Staunton Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in a residence in the 500 block of College Circle this morning at approximately 4:30 a.m.  Richard L. Firebaugh, 20 years of age of Staunton, was pronounced dead at the scene from a gunshot wound.  

Nicholas O. Rilee, 21 also of Staunton has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and reckless handling of a firearm.  He has been incarcerated at Middle River Regional Jail. 

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