RED HOUSE, W.Va. — An ongoing domestic dispute ended in gunfire and death Saturday morning according to Putnam County sheriff’s deputies.

A man identified as Curtis Adams allegedly entered the residence of his former girlfriend on Grandview Ridge Road near Red House Hill. Reports indicate he kicked in the door and when he got inside the former girlfriend shot him with a shotgun.

WSAZ-TV reported Adams and his cousin flagged down a passing motorist who took him to the Route 34 VFD where he died a short time later.

Deputies said the former couple had a history of problems and Adams had been in jail late last year on domestic violence charges.

The former girlfriend was not immediately charged in connection with the death. Deputies said the information would be given to prosecutors for possible presentment to a county grand jury.

There were five children sleeping in the residence at the time of the shooting.

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  • Gary Karstens

    No one here knows the whole story. And we won't know because an apparatus of death was used. There certainly could be more to this story and we will never know. But let the gun loving solutionists rejoice. I say there is a man dead....where is your compassion!!!!

    • Eddie

      What an Incredibly Ignorant Insight!

    • Jay

      You are right,, a man is dead,, but a victimized woman and her 5 children are alive. Maybe you should get the whole story,, you know, the story where Mr. Adams has already pulled a year in jail for violence against this woman, and already violated a DVP against him,, and kicked in the door and attacked her.. oh,, and there's much more to the story,, so,, before you criticize her "apparatus of death" ... be glad she had it,, because she and her children are alive today because of it.

      • Jay

        What part don't you carcassions don't understand! SHE WAS HANGING OUT WITH HIM. I've had a DVP on a gentleman n it wasn't to waste the courts time. I really was afraid n I DIDNT hang out with him n get drunk!! PRINCIPLE

    • Desperate

      Tell us Gary-- what would you have done had you been in her shoes??

    • Jonus Grumby

      The whole story? Let's see, Adams was at his former girlfriend's house, not his. We don't know his intent. Adams kicked in the door. OK, sounds like his intent was to enter uninvited. He was in jail recently on domestic violence charges. Sounds like the woman in question didn't wish to become a victim again of his violence. I'd guess Mr. Adams had anger management issues.

      • scott

        she cured that !!!!!

    • Gary Isstupid


      Looks like you'd rather see a woman die in a domestic than her defend herself with "an apparatus of death".

      Big man aren't you wanting to leave a woman defenseless?

    • ViennaGuy

      Gary, where is your compassion for this woman? She has been the victim of his violence in the past. Should she just take a beating from him? Does she not have the right to defend herself and her kids?

      And would you be on here asking where HIS compassion was if he'd put her in the hospital - or worse, killed her?

    • The bookman

      Gary Karstens
      Bearing arms in WV! YEESH!
      Gun restrictions would cut these type of situations out.
      April 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm | Reply

      The above was the second post lodged on this story. Had the homeowner not had a weapon, the story would definitely be different, but most likely not for the better. No one here knows every detail, but restricting the rights of citizens to protect themselves from a violent intruder is not a solution either.

      Using a man's death to further your anti 2nd amendment stance is appalling, even for you. And you call those out opposed to your view without compassion? Really?

      • Jay

        Gun restrictions would stop a convicted domestic violence offender from assaulting his victim how?....

  • Tom

    She should get a medal for eliminating a thug.

    • jewell

      Tom that's my cousin who was far from a thug you ignorant ass. My cousin was opposite of whatever you consider to be a thug. He was a good man who loved his children. Him and his wife both partied to hard and world both mistreat each other. Crystal meth head skaggs is no saint nor hero my cousin lost his life show respect

      • Eddie

        Key Word here?
        He WAS a Woman Beater!
        He WAS a Dope Head!
        He WAS a Viloator!
        NOW HE IS DEAD!!!!
        Hope the younger ones that knew him learn from his stupidity!!!!

      • Jeremy

        I've known him since junior high. He was a thug then and apparently he was still a thug. Just because somebody loves his children doesn't excuse his lifelong criminal behavior. Good riddance.

      • Tom

        "Reports indicate he kicked in the door..."


        Issue medal and return gun.

    • Tom

      Oh yeah....and give her the damn gun back!

      • Eddie

        Heck yes!

      • Jonus Grumby


  • Therealstory

    What I she did call him? What if she asked him to come over? What if she hit him as much or more than he hit her? What if she sent people after him with guns just days ago because he wouldn't come back? Would that change y'all's minds?

    • The bookman

      What if all the evidence points to him being in the residence forcefully? What if he was recently in jail on domestic charges? What if after shooting the man the police decided to NOT charge the shooter? Yes, as in all relationships that fail like this one, there is usually enough blame to cover both individuals. But that doesn't excuse his aggression, nor tie her hands in protecting herself from forceful entry.

  • Rick55

    Why don't we let the law do its work and stop being judge and jury in the court of public opinion?

  • In da stickes

    Moral of the story: Don't mess with West Virginia women. I learned that lesson the hard way and I am just getting my sight back in my left eye.

    • Tom

      Used da stick on ya huh?

  • Shadow

    The World is a better place now.

    • Jay

      No it's not your still here!

    • Eddie

      Yes it is!!!!

  • Edie

    Well, I can go to work tomorrow and know my taxes won't be used to give the scumbag a comfortable life...Glad the woman and children are safe..I would have done the same thing if I had been in her shoes. She shouldn't be charged with any crime.

    • rtaylor

      Ur a deuche bag!!

  • ThatGuyOverThere

    I am glad she killed that POS and protected herself and kids. We need more strong people like her in the world. Gary Karstens, you are a coward, you always have been as exhibited by your actions and statements. It's a great day to be an alive.

  • Ann

    This guy has beaten her repeatedly in the past in front of their five children. The court system couldn't keep him away from her. He got what he deserved. Now maybe she and her children will have a chance at a semi-normal life. Gary ... you are so off base. It makes me ill to think that anyone would make the comment you made given the hell that this "scumbag" (you're right in your description Sarah) has put this woman and his five children through ...

    • Jay

      Ann STFU she's a pill pippin whoa. 5 kids she shouldn't be out there like that anyway. She should learn how to be a mother n not a whoa!!

    • silverado

      If this is true then why the hell was she calling him all the time and going and picking him up and taking him out there. Something isn't right with this picture..

  • Sarah

    Good riddance scumbag.

    • James

      Sarah you are right as good riddance to him. When I watch the video of the scene, I can't help thinking, what in the world does the inside of the home look like and what conditions are these children being raised in. There is no excuse for the garbage around the home.

  • The Answer

    Hey Gary hope no one ever breaks in on you or your family.
    With your attitude you most likely are going to be in for a world of hurt..

  • Ish

    She had every right to protect her and her children he's beat her in the past when someone kicks in your door and enter your home you have every right to protect your family and with past convictions it shows he was a threat what of she didn't do anything and him end up killing her I would of done the same thing if i was in her shoes and I'm not a violent person at all...

    • Need more facts to confirm

      Ditto. As long as his entering was unwanted and uninvited. I hope she didn't lure him and then kill him. If he did enter her residence forcefully then I guess he suffered the consequences of breaking and entering.

      • wvman75

        If he were wanted or invited, he probably wouldn't have gotten shot.

        • wvman75

          Which part makes you more mad? The fact that he got shot, or the fact that she had a gun to use to defend herself?

  • J Perry

    Woman was WELL within her rights to do exactly what she did.

  • Gary Karstens

    Bearing arms in WV! YEESH!
    Gun restrictions would cut these type of situations out.

    • Gary Isstupid

      Ohh please elaborate. Would "gun restrictions" stop domestic violence?

      Gary must want guns banned so he can beat up women.

    • griff

      gary karstens, you are a pos, same as this guy. you need to go back into the corner. if someone breaks down my door they will be looking at the business end of my shotgun

    • ViennaGuy

      Wow, Gary, the woman uses a gun to defend herself and her kids against a likely beating and possible killing ... and you think it's a bad thing.


      • Silas Lynch

        Gary's spine is connected to his brain,,, and both or missing...

    • Randy

      Right you are. It would cut down on shootings like these. She and maybe the kids might be strangled or beaten to death. You are a dolt of an amazing degree. You should move to Cuomoville or Feinsteintown so you don't have to be around all these unregulated guns. When you are the victim of a home invasion, just ask for a timeout to call 911 and the time they need to respond.

    • Mike

      Gary Karstens, You must be the product of the left wing American stupid group. You would rather see this woman dead and maybe the children that were also in the house with her. Do you really think this thug had the right to break into her house? Do you think he was breaking in to just talk? You and people like you are what is wrong with this country. What would you do if some thug was breaking into your house? Bet your not man enough to protect you own family. Then again who would want to start a family with a coward.

      • Jeremy


    • The bookman

      Great post as always Mr. Karstens. Instead of reading about this jilted ex boyfriend being gunned down after breaking into his ex girlfriend's house, we could be reading about her tragic death. You bring such enlightenment to every thread. Thanks!

  • DWL

    One less idiot in the world tonight. His history caught up to him. We need more of this to happen!

    • wvu999

      He calls the guy an idiot and isn't deleted but I ask how his comedy career is going and I am deleted.


      • deserved it

        I know these people and he deserved what he got. If she didn't have the gun I know he would've seriously hurt her or possibly have killed her. He has tried killing her before and has abused her for a long time. I hate it for the kids but they were afraid of him anyway

    • The bookman

      The best deterrent to future crime is the perp losing his life in the commission of the crime. Hopefully this was as advertised, and others have given due consideration to what may be lurking behind a locked door!

      • man

        That scumbag you all are talking about would have thrown himself in front of a bus for almost anyone he's stood up for me a couple times when I thought no one else would. but love makes you loose your mind just remember that. Even with that said she was in the rite it was either him or her. No one should have their guns taken away! If you think this world is crazy now then take everyones gun rights away. You might as well put a sign up for all the criminals, saying hey come robb me im helpless.just think it threw.

        • DWL

          Guess he should have chosen the bus over the gut full of lead. Either way, he's still an idiot.