Deputies responded to the home after Wanda Pittman, his wife, called for help saying that Pittman had just shot their 15-year-old adopted daughter, Brittany. She told emergency dispatchers that he had a gun and was walking across the yard.
Matthew Pittman, Brittany's 18-year-old brother, was at a relative's home two houses down when Pittman approached him with the shotgun, according to a criminal complaint.
"I've already shot your sister (Brittany), now you are going next," Pittman told the young man, according to the complaint.
Matthew told deputies that he walked outside because he didn't think Pittman would shoot him. He ran when Pittman pointed the gun at him but stopped in front of a van, it was then that Pittman shot him in the leg. Matthew said Pittman went back to their home.
It was around that time that deputies arrived. Capt. Greg Young asked Pittman to show his hands and it was then that Pittman turned the gun on himself, the complaint said.
Detective M.P. Knapp went into the house and found Brittany lying on the bedroom floor with a single gunshot wound to her chest. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
She was one of the Pittmans' seven adopted children. The couple adopted her, Matthew and their three younger siblings eight years ago. Her siblings described her as a sweet girl who loved everyone.
"It just doesn't make any sense," Bridget Crist, Brittany's 25-year-old adopted sister, said in the days after the shooting. "None. I don't see how he could have done this to Brittany. She was just the sweetest, most loving person."
It was the last day of school and Brittany had just finished up her freshman year at Capital High School. She attended Carver Career and Technical Center, where she was taking heating and cooling courses, as she'd decided to go into that field after finishing school.
Matthew Pittman underwent emergency surgery on his leg but was expected to make a full recovery.
Pittman is being held without bond at South Central Regional Jail. A preliminary hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. June 27.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.
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