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West Virginia: Mason County man fatally shoots his son

July 15, 2009

New Haven, West Virginia

From the Charleston Daily Mail of July 12, 2009

Mason County man fatally shoots his son

State Police say a Mason County man is claiming self defense after fatally shooting his son during a dispute in his New Haven home.

Troopers said Lyman Greenlee fired a single shot at his son Charles Scott Greenlee, 35, of Point Pleasant. The incident happened about 10 p.m. Friday, said Trooper A.D. Wooton, the investigating officer.

Charles Greenlee died of his injuries.

Charles Greenlee had gone to the Seventh Street home of his father and stepmother earlier Friday evening and the three of them got into an argument, troopers said.

State Police spokesman Michael Baylous said Charles Greenlee assaulted his father and then began assaulting his stepmother, whose name has not been released. At that time, Lyman Greenlee retrieved a small- to medium-sized handgun and ordered his son to stop, Baylous said.

Troopers said Lyman Greenlee then fired one shot, which struck his son.

State Police said alcohol might have been a factor in the incident.

Troopers said Lyman Greenlee was questioned Friday night and that the man has cooperated fully with the investigation. He told officers he shot his son in self-defense, Baylous said.

Lyman Greenlee was not arrested, nor has he been charged, police said.

Baylous said the case will be handed over to the Mason County prosecutor’s office and taken to a grand jury, which will decide if the evidence merits an indictment.

State Police still are investigating.


West Virginia: Apartment Resident, Would Be Robber Trade Gunfire on Huntington Avenue

August 1, 2008

Huntington, West Virginia

From the Huntington News of July 26, 2008

Apartment Resident, Would Be Robber Trade Gunfire on Huntington Avenue

Huntington needs a superhero. Following a shooting during the afternoon of Friday, June 25, in the 1100 block of Huntington Avenue, a frustrated citizen posted on a TV website that the city needs a real Batman to give the criminals an enema [sic??].

As details have been pieced together from dispatch, police and TV websites, apparently, one man attempted to rob another inside his apartment. The would be victim shot the intruder; the intruder shot back too.

Two men — identified as Justin Stapleton and Wayne Cook Junior by — sustained serious wounds. A passing physician treated them in the yard outside the residence. A posting indicated that one of the men took three shots to the stomach. Law enforcement do not believe either man to have life threatening injuries.

West Virginia: Female Burglar Shot By Female Homeowner

January 17, 2008

Fayette County, West Virginia

From the January 16, 2008 Register-Herald:

A Fayette County burglary suspect was shot by a homeowner who police said was burglarized by the same suspect at least one other time.

Nighttime burglary charges are pending against Tracey Ann McQueen, 25, of Kaymoor Road, Fayetteville, Sheriff Bill Laird said. McQueen was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center Wednesday morning for treatment of a single gunshot wound to her left hand. She was under evaluation at the hospital as of Wednesday afternoon.

At 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Fayette County 911 Center was notified of a burglary in progress at a Pleasant View Road residence, near Fayetteville, Laird said. Later, the alleged burglar was reported to have been shot in the hand by the homeowner. When deputies arrived at the scene, the homeowner said the female suspect fled.

A short time later, deputies identified the suspect as McQueen, Laird said. McQueen was located at a Kaymoor Road residence and taken to Plateau Medical Center. She was later transferred to CAMC.

The preliminary investigation indicates the female victim was awakened to find McQueen inside the residence, Laird said. The victim confronted McQueen, attempting to hold her at gunpoint while awaiting deputies’ arrival. A struggle ensued, during which McQueen was apparently shot by the victim’s .22 caliber revolver.

Laird said McQueen had been charged with burglarizing the same residence Nov. 4, and she was free on bond when the latest incident occurred. McQueen was also considered a primary suspect in at least one other previous incident at the same residence. Reports indicate the victim’s house had been burglarized on several other occasions during the past few months.

McQueen is believed to have, in the past, lived near the victim’s residence, Laird said. Laird was unsure if McQueen and the victim actually knew each other.

No charges have been filed against the homeowner, Laird said.

West Virginia: Woman shoots her husband during fight

December 28, 2007

Clendenin, West Virginia

From the Charleston Daily Mail of December 27, 2007

Woman shoots her husband during fight

Police say a Clendenin woman shot her husband after an argument turned physical.

The man is in the hospital after being shot in the abdomen.

Darrell and Leisa Welch, both 31, who are a legally-separated couple, got into a verbal argument at their residence on Thorofare Road on Wednesday night, said Kanawha County Sheriff’s Lt. Sean Crosier.

After the argument, Darrell left the home, but returned just before 9 p.m., Crosier said.

Leisa locked the front door when he arrived, but Darrell kicked it in, Crosier said.

The two then got into a physical fight, the deputy said.

Leisa was able to get away from Darrell and got a small, .22-caliber pistol and shot him once in the abdomen, Crosier said.

He was taken to Charleston Area Medical’s Center General Hospital where he is under evaluation.

Police did not arrest or charge either person in the case, but are requesting advice from prosecuting attorneys in the ongoing case, Crosier said.

The investigation is continuing, he said.

September 14, 2007

Bland County, West Virginia

From Bluefield’s of September 13, 2007

Possible Coyote With Rabies

Brian Akers and a group of neighbors were standing outside when a sickly looking coyote approached them.

They tried to run the coyote off by chasing it away with a four-wheeler, but the coyote wasn’t startled.

After the coyote lunged and attempted to bite a neighbor, Mr. Akers shot and killed the animal.

The coyote was taken to the Bland County Health Department and is now undergoing testing for rabies.

September 13, 2007

Kingwood, West Virginia

From the Charleston Daily Mail of September 13, 2007

Substitute teacher acquitted in neighbor’s fatal shooting

A man accused of killing a neighbor during a dispute over a dog has been acquitted following his six-day trial in Preston County Circuit Court.

The seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated for nearly three hours Tuesday before returning the not guilty verdict against Ronald Schleger.

Schleger, a 56-year-old substitute math teacher, was initially charged with murder, malicious assault and attempted murder.

On May 12, 2006, both Schleger and Douglas Livengood, 43, called Preston County’s 911 center to report that Schleger had run over and killed Livengood’s dog.

Authorities said Schleger later called 911 to report that he had shot Livengood.

Livengood’s wife was also shot but survived.

Preston County Prosecuting Attorney Melvin C. Snyder III told the jury in closing arguments that the shooting had all the elements of malice, premeditation and intent.

Schleger, however, maintained that he fired his gun in self-defense.

April 26, 2007

St. Albans, West Virginia

From the Charleston Gazette of April 26, 2007

Booker’s shooting death called self-defense

The shooting death of former Capital High School basketball star Lawrence “L.B.” Booker in St. Albans last week was “self-defense,” a St. Albans police officer said Wednesday.

Police responded to the shooting in the early morning hours of April 17. They spoke with Justin Johnson, who told police he had shot a man who attacked him with a gun in the parking lot of his apartment at 741 Holley St., according a search warrant for a Jeep Grand Cherokee spotted at the crime scene.

Booker, 23, of Dunbar, and a “company of other people” may have been trying to rob Johnson when shots were exchanged, said Lt. James Agee of the St. Albans Police Department.

“Booker and other parties came to St. Albans and put a gun to [Johnson’s] head,” Agee said.

After being shot twice, Booker was taken in the Jeep by a woman to Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, according to the search warrant. He later died at CAMC General Hospital.

“Mr. Johnson shot Mr. Booker, that much we know,” Agee said, adding that police recovered guns carried by both Booker and Johnson.

“Our belief is [Johnson] was going to be a victim of some violence [and] was defending himself,” Agee said.

Police have not charged anyone in the incident, but Agee said investigators are still seeking information from “people of interest.” An arrest will likely be forthcoming, he said.

Johnson cooperated with police on the night of the shooting, Agee said.

As a senior in 2001, Booker was a first-team All State basketball player for Capital. The season was highlighted by a game-winning, last-second 3-pointer in the state AAA finals against George Washington High School.

April 12, 2007

Ona, West Virginia

From the Huntington Herald Dispatch of April 12, 2007

Woman shoots dog she claims attacked her

A woman in a trailer park shot a dog that she claimed was attacking her while she got out of her car Wednesday night.

The woman, who lives out on Howells Mill Road, reported to Cabell County Sheriff’s that two German shepherd dogs approached her near her vehicle and became very aggressive.

Officers said the woman apparently shot one of the dogs with a .38 revolver, leaving it wounded and causing the other one to run off at the time of the report.

No arrests were made and the owners of the dogs were not present at the time. The woman and neighborhood witnesses told officers that the landlord has warned the owners about leaving their dogs without a leash. Officers notified Animal Control about the two dogs.

April 4, 2007

Mercer County, West Virginia

From the April 3, 2007 Charleston [West Virginia] Gazette:

PRINCETON – A Virginia man was shot and killed in Mercer County after he apparently approached his ex-girlfriend’s friend with a knife, police said.

About 2:36 a.m. Sunday, police were called to Kirby Addition Road near Princeton where Luther Vane Byrd, 37, of Bluefield, Va., was found dead with a knife in his possession, Mercer County Sheriff’s Detective L.B. Murphy said.

Milton Justice, 57, of Princeton had left a home where Byrd’s ex-girlfriend stayed since they parted and she moved out, he said.

When Byrd approached him in the driveway, Justice fired a .38 special at least once from inside the vehicle, striking Byrd in the head and killing him, Murphy said.

“We believe [Byrd’s ex-girlfriend did not have] an intimate relationship with shooter, but they were friends,” he said. “Luther was jealous of that.”

Justice has not been charged with a crime since it appears he killed Byrd in self-defense, he said.

But the shooting remains under investigation. Murphy will turn over his findings to the county prosecutor, who will determine whether to file any charges.

Police suspect Byrd was under influence of drugs and alcohol, Murphy said. His body was sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

April 3, 2007

Poca, West Virginia

From Charleston’s The State Journal of April 2, 2007

Putnam County Pharmacist Fires Back at Armed Robber

Putnam County pharmacy robbed twice since February.

A gun fight after an armed robbery locked down some Piutnam (sic) County schools early Monday.

An armed robber walked into the ValuRite Pharmacy for the second time since February, but this time, pharmacist Brac Brown followed him out.

When asked if the armed robber fired his weapon, Brown said, “That’s possible, I don’t really know on that. No comment.”

Putnam County Sheriff Mark Smith said the thief, with 3000 OxyContin and hydrocodone pills in hand, shot first at Brown as he ran across a field to his car. Brown then fired back.

“I would assume, based on what happened today, that the pharmacist decided he would do something to protect himself, try to protect his business and I guess that’s what occurred,” said Smith.

Smith said there is no indication that anyone was shot as a result of the exchange.

Brown said when the robber walked in to the store, he was more aggressive and had a bigger gun. He pushed a patron, moved everyone to the back of the store and demanded drugs.

“We don’t know how to keep someone from walking through the door with a gun,” said Brown.

The ValuRite pharmacist ordered security cameras after the first robbery. They’re not installed yet.

Brown said the same man robbed his store on Monday and early last month.

“His face was covered this time but, I recognized his height, voice and eyes,” he said.

Smith disagreed, saying “the only thing we really have that’s consistent, from the description, is a white male.”

Smith said the suspect did speed away in a four-door, silver mid-sized vehicle. Deputies continue to look for him.

A spokesperson for Putnam County schools says all Poca and Rock Branch area schools were placed on lock down as a precautionary measure.

The lockdown was lifted by 11 a.m.