On February 2, 2019 at 10:54pm, the Martinsville-Henry County 9-1-1 center received a call in regards to an individual who had been shot outside of a home located at 1648 Rivermont Heights Rd., Martinsville, VA.

Deputies from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene, upon their arrival the occupant of the home was located on the front porch suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Deputies performed CPR on the victim until Martinsville Fire & EMS personnel arrived. The victim was transported to SOVAH Health Martinsville where he was pronounced dead.

The victim has been identified as Eric Montequilla Barksdale, 32, of 1648 Rivermont Heights Rd., Martinsville, VA. An autopsy will be performed at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the Western District of Virginia.

Through the course of the investigation it was determined that an argument ensued between the victim, Eric Barksdale, and a male juvenile (17 years of age). The victim and juvenile went outside where the juvenile shot Barksdale then fled on foot.

There are outstanding charges on the 17 year-old male juvenile for 2nd degree murder, use of a firearm during the commission of a felony and reckless handling of a firearm.