GOP committeeman killed by ‘quarrelsome, argumentative’ Trump-hating neighbor

On Wednesday, WPVI reported that police in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, arrested 51-year-old Clayton Carter in the shooting death of his neighbor, G. Brooks Jennings, a man identified by KYW Newsradio Suburban Bureau Chief Jim Melwert as a Chesco County GOP committeeman.  According to Melwert, Carter, described as a “quarrelsome and argumentative” man with anti-Trump yard signs, faces charges of first degree murder.

According to the WPVI report:

Shortly before 8 p.m. Monday, police responded to the 300 block of Box Elder Drive for a dispute between Carter and Jennings about cursing and video recording in the back yard. Police said they were able to resolve that dispute.

Then at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday, police say the neighbors got into another dispute. Carter told police that Jennings shined a light into his eyes while he was outside. Carter then allegedly pulled a car onto his lawn, shining the high beams of the car on Jennings’ property.

Carter then allegedly retrieved a .380 semi-automatic handgun from his house and confronted the victim again outside.

Officials say Carter shot Jennings once in the head, knocking him to the ground. Carter then allegedly stood over Jennings’ body and shot him once more in the head.

According to reports, Carter — who admitted shooting Jennings — claimed the victim threatened him with a knife, but he had no injuries.

Carter’s attorney said his client acted in self defense.

“My client says he was justified in doing so because he was under attack by a knife wielding assailant,” defense attorney Terrence Marlowe said.

Carter, however, did not call for help or render aid to Jennings, the district attorney’s office said.

According to the report, police recovered two shell casings, the gun and a knife.  One casing was found on Carter’s property and the other was on Jenning’s property, near his body.

The WPVI report added:

Neighbor Brian Dougherty got emotional when speaking of Jennings.

“You don’t want to sound cliche, you see this on TV all the time, but he is probably the nicest, best guy I’ve ever met in my whole life. Really, seriously,” Dougherty said.

Police say Carter had disputes with a number of other neighbors, and even pulled a gun on Jennings during a past altercation.

Neighbors say Carter was a quarrelsome, argumentative man. Court records claim Carter had a history of disputes with multiple neighbors. His front yard was crowded with cars and hand lettered anti-Trump signs.

The disputes were reportedly personal, not political WPVI said.  Nevertheless, neighbors reportedly gave Carter a wide berth.

“We steered clear of him. We were frightened of him because he’s so unpredictable,” Kathy Pratt told WPVI.

Here’s a video report, courtesy of CBS Philly:


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