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Kayaker Shot on Maryland Creek

* Latest Update * (June 9, 2014)

Man Who Claimed Kayak Shooting Fires on Himself as Police Approach

Reston, VA: The man who told Maryland officials he was shot while kayaking in April, shot himself when Fairfax Co. Police arrived at his home with a search warrant, Fairfax County Police said.

Police went to the home of David Seafolk-Kopp on June 5th with the warrant after Maryland Natural Resources Police found inconsistencies in Seafolk-Kopp's account of being shot on Bodkin Creek in Maryland back on April 12. Investigators said Seafolk-Kopp's hands showed gunpowder residue and the angle of the bullet wound was consistent with a self-inflicted wound.

When authorities arrived at Seafolk-Kopp's home, they found him with self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the jaw and torso, said MDNR police spokesman Candy Thomson. Seafolk-Kopp, 56, was taken to a hospital, where he remains sedated and in critical condition after several surgeries.



Original Story and News Video (April 14, 2014)
A kayaker was shot on open water Saturday night in Anne Arundel County, Maryland Natural Resources police said.

David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, of Reston, VA, launched his kayak into Bodkin Creek from a friend's home near Pasadena about 4:15 p.m. to go stargazing. About 10:30 p.m. he stopped paddling to take a rest and saw a bonfire and heard what sounded like a party, police said.

That's when he saw a laser-like red dot on his abdomen and suddenly felt an excruciating amount of pain, police said. The bullet entered just below the sternum, hit his ribs and lodged in his back.

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