A 22-year-old Chester Gap man is being held without bond at RSW Regional Jail this week after police say he unintentionally shot and killed his girlfriend, Brittney Koster, at home just after midnight Tuesday.
David Michael Williams of Nez Perce Way was charged by Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office investigator Shawn Walters with three felonies — involuntary manslaughter, reckless handling of a firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm in a dwelling.
The investigation continues into the fatal shooting of Koster, a 25-year-old Prince William County resident, and neither RCSO nor Commonwealth’s Attorney Art Goff would comment on why Williams (according to the complaint filed Tuesday morning in district court) pointed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol at his girlfriend and pressed the trigger. The bullet struck the young woman in the neck, the complaint says, after which she stood up from couch and walked a short distance before she collapsed and died.
The call came in to the 911 dispatch center at 12:15 a.m. One law enforcement source said Williams had ejected the pistol’s magazine before pointing the gun at Koster but didn’t realize there was already a round in the firing chamber.
The shooting death is the first in Rappahannock County in more than five years. In August 2010, David Linwood “Buddy” Pullen shot and killed his 44-year-old stepson, Herbert Wayne Jenkins, in Sperryville.