Shooting victim charged with possession of WMD

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Submitted: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:14pm
Updated: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:26pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have charged a shooting victim after they say they found homemade bombs at his home.

Around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 300 block of Barclay Hills Drive. When they got there, they found Silas Pipkin Dobyns, 25, who told police he was walking when some men asked him to come over to them. He refused, and then heard 3-5 shots fired. Police say one of the shots hit Dobyns in the arm.

Before he went to the hospital, police say Dobyns asked the officers to go back to his house at 314 Barclay Hills Drive to make sure it was locked up. Police say when they got to the home they found two bottles that appeared to be Molotov cocktails by the front door. When they looked inside they saw another Molotov cocktail on a table just inside the front door. Police say the items were bottles filled with what smelled like gasoline with a gasoline soaked cloth hanging out. They also found a military-style bulletproof vest in plain view inside.

Police say the fire department came and destroyed the devices, and Dobyns went to the hospital. Officers later served Dobyns with a warrant for possession of weapons of mass destruction.

According to the New Hanover County Jail, Dobyns was booked in last night around midnight and released under $35,000 secured bond about an hour later.


  • This is ridiculou! says:

    I’ve know Silas a little over ten years, he has been a good friend of mine. He is very intelligent and a great, amazing person; best goofy laugh. I mean his job is working with pyrotechnics? Silas couldn’t and would never hurt anyone. We actually just lost a really close friend of ours a little over a month ago and I know this is not helping one bit. It would be nice if we knew a description of this shooter!! I’m sorry Silas, I hope this goes away soon, you don’t deserve this at all!

  • special effects technician says:

    I to know Silas, but I want to get something straight to all of these people making comments about this incident and his connection to the special effects in Wilmington. He does not work with pyrotechnic. Only licensed and trained professionals handle pyro on set. He is a mere trainee. plus we do not use Molotov cocktails for special effects. Everything is controlled and planed out in advance. This idiotic kind of behavior is just another punch in the eye to an industry already in danger of being extinguished in NC. He had no reason to have something that dangerous in his house unless he was going to do something stupid. There is way more to this story than is being told. What the hell where you thinking Silas? You have just destroyed any chance of ever working in special effects again. No one deserves to get shot, but you have just shot yourself in the foot! Pun intended.

  • guest123455 says:

    It took me two seconds to research his name to verify he works in the film industry in the art department. How come the news couldn’t verify this and put it in the article?

  • Guest2020 says:

    I do not know this man. I do not know his intent, but based on the opinion of others, this man had no intention to commit any violence. I tend to believe them or else he wouldn’t have asked the police to go to his house. However, this man broke the law by having these things in his possession. The police did what they were supposed to do by enforcing the law. The rest of it is for the courts to sort out.

    By the way, I think the weapons of mass destruction charge for a couple molotov cocktails is beyond ridiculous. By that definition, there very well could have been wmds in Iraq.

  • erica sadler says:

    The poor guy gets shot, asks police to let him lock his home and then he gets arrested? I’m so glad you had time to search the victims home while some worthless, trigger happy thugs, go around shooting innocent people…wtf..facepalm..

  • Kyle Lewis says:

    Silas is a friend and coworker of mine. He works with pyrotechnics on a daily basis and is not a threat to anyone. He’s a friendly, polite, dependable, stand up guy. I’m sure my mugshot would look something like this as well if I’d been shot and asked the WPD for help and then they took me to jail. Lets hope the WPD find the real criminal thugs out there, roaming the streets, terrorizing neighborhoods.
    Get well soon buddy.

  • SR says:

    I can’t believe this! A man gets shot in his own neighborhood and HE gets arrested! Its a shame that whoever shot him isnt the priority. I guess it wasn’t a good enough story just getting shot, needed some more ratings fodder. Total BS!

  • TL says:

    I too, have known Silas since he was born. He is a hard working, intelligent individual who is an asset to the film business as well as an asset to the community we live in. This is nothing more than the “arrest anyone, get a feather in my cap” mentality that pervades the Wilmington Police Department. The justice system in New Hanover County is off the rails, and the officers who are supposed to be protecting us are doing nothing more than finding ways to feed the beast that employs them.

  • special effects technician says:

    you have no idea what special effects technicians do nor do you know what Silas does in our department. He’s a grunt, a beginner. He does not handle pyro or experiment. He carries stuff and uses a smoke machine. He is not a pyro technician nor a real effects tech. So please don’t comment on something you don’t know jack about. It makes us professionals in Wilmington look bad. Please sit down and be quiet>

    Thank you..

  • jd says:

    The media also, is quick to jump on and spread these situations before more helpful information is known, in order to make them look good at what they do, too. A good reminder to stop long enough to see ourselves in others’ shoes, before making situations worse than they already are.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Do those officers know this man? Do they know that he is not violent? Or do these officers know that this man is violating a law? Are they just doing their sworn duty to uphold the law?

  • FKP says:

    nice try, that wont work in this case

  • S.o.P says:

    He didn’t give them permission to enter and having alcohol lamps on your front porch is not probable cause. They basically just gave him his get out of jail free card.

  • Heimie Schmelter says:

    They found a molotov cocktail on the porch, then openly spotted more on the inside. They didn’t need permission at that point.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Even if the items found in the house weren’t admissible, there are the two that were found on the front porch.

  • Jesse says:

    Silas is an extremely nice person who bought a house and now was shot in his own neighborhood. He works with pyrotechnics for a living and is motivated to learn and advance himself. They couldn’t find real weapons of mass destruction but instead of dealing with the people who shot him they decided to subject him to a long personal battle with the courts. I know he looks pissed and that has a lot to do with the fact that he was shot yesterday and the police found this to be the biggest problem. Any person of his experience will naturally play with experimental creations. I hope these charges don’t destroy his career and personal life.

  • E says:

    I agree, Silas is a SFX worker, I’d like to see the pictures of these “devices”, he is a hard worker, and when you’re in SFX “hard worker”, means a constant tinkerer, ie experimentation at home. I hope this works out for him. Seems like one helluva bad day. Besides if he was worried about his “weapons of mass destruction” why send the cops over? Sounds more like an over zealous reaction.

  • jor says:

    why dont the headlines read,Police immediatly chased and tracked down and apprehended suspects who shot an unarmed man in his onfront yard walking to his truck.Just asking the people TRAINED to protect and serve

  • Mel says:

    It seems like the cops were both curious and jealous of the fact that a person so young could be so well off. I’ve known Silas since grade school and certainly wouldn’t consider him a danger to society.

  • Ryan B says:

    I do not understand why the cops cant go after these men who shot this guy silas… I mean this man is in his front yard and gets shot in the atm… IN HIS OWN FRONT YARD?!?! Do something to help the over all comunity like catching these people who shot silas. Instead of making his day worse when the man just got shot. Nice job WPD.

  • N says:

    I’ve known silas for years now and I can assure you he is not in any way a threat to society as this article leads you to believe.

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