ISABAN – The West Virginia State Police (WVSP) arrested a man from the Isaban area after he fired shots at troopers from his residence.
Shadellen Birchfield, 32 from Isaban, was arrested Friday, December 9 on charges related to six counts of attempted murder, wanton endangerment and three counts of battery of a police officer.
Sgt. M. S. Lively, from the West Williamson Detachment of the WVSP stated that around 11 p.m. Friday, troopers received a call from the Mingo County 911 concerning a domestic disturbance at a residence in the Isaban area of Mingo County, which is close to the McDowell County line.
A call was reportedly made to Mingo County 911 following a dispute between Birchfield and a neighbor.
According to Lively, when officers arrived at the residence, they were informed by individuals that Birchfield had left the residence and went to another residence in nearby McDowell County.
When officers arrived at the McDowell residence, Birchfield allegedly exited the residence and began firing shots at the troopers. Lively further explained that officers took cover behind their police cruiser for about 30 minutes while Birchfield continued to fire shots. The troopers fired four return shots at Birchfield but did not hit him.
Charges were fired against Birchfield in McDowell County and he was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden, W.Va.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)