What should have been a simple custody exchange turned into a deadly shooting caught on video. Did Kyle Carruth murder Chad Read, or was he simply defending himself from an unlawful use of force? Until the matter is decided by the court, there will be no definitive answer—but the existence of video recordings of the incident from two different angles has public opinion divided. A case can be made in either direction, but Kyle Carruth’s fate won’t be decided by public opinion. Ultimately, his fate—and his freedom—rests in the hands of the legal system.
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Could Kyle Carruth Have Been Justified in Shooting Chad Read?
On November 5, 2021, Chad Read drove to the home of Kyle Carruth for a custody exchange with his ex-wife, Christina Read. In addition to dating Kyle Carruth, Christina Read was an employee of Kyle Carruth’s business that he operated out of his home. A verbal altercation ensued in Kyle Carruth’s front yard between Chad Read and Christina Read. Kyle Carruth issued verbal commands to Chad Read to leave his property. When those commands were not followed, he retrieved a firearm from inside his home and reissued those commands, now armed with a long gun.
It was at this point that Chad Read became physically and verbally aggressive. In a moment caught on video, Chad Read closed the distance between himself and Kyle Carruth. Pushing his chest against Kyle Carruth, Chad Read can be heard on video saying words to the effect of “You’d better use it or I’m going to take it from you and use it on you.” At this point, the long gun discharges into the ground at Chad Read’s feet. Chad Read then grabs Carruth’s long gun and uses it to spin and throw him off his own porch. Managing to retain his gun, Kyle Carruth raises it and fires two shots, killing Chad Read.