2 charged after exchange of gunfire in Newport News

Brandon Greenhow, left, and Eric Fenton. Credit: Newport News Police Department

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Two men are facing charges after they allegedly fired shots at each other at a Newport News home on Wednesday.

Brandon Jamal Greenhow, 27, was arrested in the 15600 block of Warwick Boulevard around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday. Eric Jon Fenton, 29, was arrested later that same morning.

At about 1:05 a.m. on Wednesday, officers were called to a home on Cottage Lane for a report of a man with a gun.

Police were told by Fenton, one of the residents, that a suspect — who was later identified as Greenhow — fired several shots into the home.

Fenton told police that Greenhow’s wife had brought a handgun belonging to Greenhow because she was afraid of him. Greenhow went to the home on Cottage Lane that morning, demanding the return of the gun.

Police say that when Fenton refused, Greenhow began shooting at him. Fenton then reportedly ran back into his house, where he grabbed a handgun and fired back at Greenhow. Fenton told police Greenhow was in a car backing out of the driveway while shooting.

Neither man was struck by the gunfire. However, Fenton’s dog was struck once.

Greenhow’s car, Fenton’s home and a home across the street were all damaged by the gunfire.

Greenhow is now facing charges of shooting into an occupied building, malicious assault, animal cruelty, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, reckless handling of a firearm, discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

Fenton was charged with reckless handling of a firearm.

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