Kayaker Shot… Again… By His Own Hand

When was the last time you were in mortal danger necessitating a firearm? Probably never.

When was the last time you were in mortal danger necessitating a firearm? Probably never. Photo Bob Bramblet.

Kayaker Shot… Again… By His Own Hand
By Mike Stevens

Back in April, we reported that kayaker David Seafolk-Kopp, 56, of Reston, VA was shot while stargazing from his kayak on Bodkin Creek in Maryland on April 12. Seafolk-Kopp was allegedly near a campground fire on shore where he could hear people yelling and partying before he saw a muzzle flash and immediately felt pain in his upper abdomen.

This strange story took a turn for the downright bizarre on June 5 when Seafolk-Kopp shot himself as Fairfax County Police approached his home with a search warrant. The investigation was kicked up a notch when officials from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources discovered that Seafolk-Kopp's hands tested positive for gunpowder residue. That and the angle of the bullet indicated that the original gunshot wound was likely self-inflicted.

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When local police entered his home, he was found with self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the jaw and torso, and he was taken to the hospital where after several surgeries, he remains in critical condition.