Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Man arrested in connection with the shooting death of his wife in York County

Brian Patterson (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Brian Patterson (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s investigators have arrested a 58-year-old man they say shot his wife to death in their York County home Friday night.

Brian Keith Patterson is charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. He is being held in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail without bond.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate a shooting in the 1200 block of Penniman Road around 8:31 p.m. Friday.

There, they found Patterson’s wife, Princess Chapman, dead, and took Patterson into custody.

Authorities said they believe it was “a domestic related incident.”

No other details about the incident were immediately released.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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