Self Defense? :Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Firearm Used in a Killing on I264

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NORFOLK, Va. – -( Norfolk man pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing a firearm after previously being convicted in Norfolk Circuit Court in 2017 of multiple felonies: malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and abduction.

According to court documents, Curtis Hathaway, 27, was involved in a shooting on I-264 in Norfolk on November 17, 2020, which resulted in the death of another driver. The decedent’s car approached Hathaway’s from the rear. The decedent began to shoot at Hathaway, striking his vehicle and Hathaway in the leg. Hathaway returned fire from the driver’s seat while driving down the interstate. The decedent was shot in the head and died.

After the shooting, the police located Hathaway at his sister’s residence in Virginia Beach. When the police arrived, they saw that Hathaway had a bullet wound in his leg and his car had multiple bullet holes and contained several spent cartridge casings. Hathaway attempted to flee from the police but was caught and detained. Police found a firearm in the bushes outside his sister’s residence. An analysis through the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) linked the firearm located in the bushes to the discharged casings in Hathaway’s car, and a subsequent forensic analysis confirmed they had been fired by the weapon. Hathaway also had gunshot primer residue on his hands, indicating he recently discharged a firearm. Also, in July 2021, Hathaway was caught by police with another semi-automatic handgun.

Hathaway is scheduled to be sentenced on October 21. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ramin Fatehi, Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney; Charlie J. Patterson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Washington Field Division; Colonel Gary T. Settle, Superintendent of Virginia State Police; Mike Goldsmith, Interim Chief of Norfolk Police; and Paul Neudigate, Chief of Virginia Beach Police made the announcement after U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence R. Leonard accepted the plea.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham Stolle and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Bosse are prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:22-cr-24.

Washington Field Division

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at

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If they’re not incarcerated then their right to self defense is a priority. Apparently they still need to defend themselves..


dam that natural right


F atf and their extended families!!!!

REQUIRE tax funded parasites to have published home addresses.

Your dog (and your grandchildren) will never be safe from these assholes if they are allowed to live anonymously and hide their families


just like any crime family


Did he “pay his debt to the public through his incarceration”? If so, he should be allowed to own a weapon. WHAT ABOUT THE SHOOTER?? NO INFORMATION AT ALL! This is a TOTAL INEPT ARTICLE!


this is how the government works , they got the bad guy defending himself should have let the other guy kill him stupid bs

Wild Bill

I like everything that you wrote, except “allowed”!


What the hell was this guy even doing out on the street ? He was convicted of SEVERAL felonies, including kidnapping, felony assault , using a gun in commission of a felony, all in 2017 ! It’s 2022 and the criminal bastard is out roaming the streets with a gun ? WTF !!!

Boris Badenov

On the bright side, he took out a fellow thug, one less trial and release and he will now spend some time on vacation at taxpayer expense.


Without government, who would show up to harass, extort, and kidnap you after you defended yourself from an assailant on the highway?


ATFBI tag team:
Assholes Taking Firearms
Federal Bureau of Incineration


both illegal unconstitutional jim crow groups


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unusual to hear of a black man building anything ,but hell anything is possible if sleepy joe gets 81 million votes


demoncrats are still racist to the core ,it is funny to hear people like al sharpton repeat the talking points all I hear is yessm master have black friends that say the same so its not just me from my prospective


Hathaway would have been better off if he’d called 911 and said he was defending himself. However, he doesn’t seem to be all that rational.
There’s much more to this than we’ll ever know. I don’t like the way the ATF just pats itself on the back without telling us what really happened.


let’s see now.. Hathaway was multitasking. driving a car on the freeway, dodging someone else’s bullets, shooting back, uhmmm.. with WHICH extra hand was he gonna ALSO call 911? Not one word from BATFE on WHY the other guy was shooting at him. I smell a big four legged government fattened rat here. Padding their stats seems to be a strong driver. If I were this guy I’d demand a jury trial. getting shot at while driving does not warrant self-defense return fire? Wonder how many others caught the little factoid that got slipped in to this report…. AS he… Read more »


betting he does not have money for real lawyer so all he will get is bad advise


he was shot from behind ,so unless the guy shot in the head took a last hail mary looks like the first shots were from behind curtis, and he shot back


many people put head in the sand when crazy shit goes down , all they have ever seen is bad government so call who ?


Nobody pulls up behind yoiu and starts shooting for no reason. Hathaway may have done something to start this himself, maybe a drug deal or something along these lines. regardless of that if somebody shoots at you, you shoot back. This story just doesn’t give us enough information. If Hathaway was a criminal involved in some bad shit you probably dont want him running around with guns


that is a MGHTY BIG “if” this puff piece does not address.
Covering something, are we boys?


road rage could be all it was too , have seen stupider things gets over to exit guy behind is miffed shoots at him he shoots back and is a better shot