Identity of victims released after shooting leaves brothers dead in apparent ‘road rage incident,’ in Spotsylvania County, authorities say

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UPDATE 9:45 p.m.: The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims of Fourth of July’s double shooting.

The victims are Fred Swick, 39, of Spotsylvania, and Joe Swick, 38, of Spotsylvania. The men were brothers.

Danny Lee Huffman, 48, of Spotsylvania, has been charged with the shooting death of two brothers.


SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC/WFXR) — Spotsylvania County authorities identified and charged a man in connection with a Fourth of July double shooting that left two brothers dead.

Danny Lee Huffman, 48, of Spotsylvania, has been charged with the shooting deaths of two Spotsylvania brothers, ages 38 and 39. The identity of both the victims is being withheld at this time.

Spotsylvania Emergency Communications say they received a 911 call at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. When deputies arrived in the area of Fox Run Drive, they reportedly found the two brothers dead in a vehicle in the middle of the road.

“The investigation is still on-going but appears to be related to a road rage incident that occurred,” the Spotsylania County Sheriff’s Office announced on Facebook Sunday, July 5. “The subjects did not know each other and had no prior history according to the initial investigation.”

Huffman was in the car with his 17-year-old son during the incident and was the person who called 911. He had a cut on his arm — which the sheriff’s office says he told 911 dispatch resulted from a fight with the two brothers — and was treated by first responders when they arrived at the scene.

Authorities say Huffman has been charged with two counts of malicious wounding, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and felony child endangerment. The sheriff’s office says his charges will likely be upgraded in the coming days. The weapon used was found in a pond on Huffman’s property by divers with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office.

Huffman is being held at the Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond, according to officials.

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