A man from the Mount Gay area of Logan County was arrested Sept. 5 after authorities were alerted to gunshots at Mud Fork.
Trooper S.M. Thompson, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), reports he responded to the call and was advised by WVSP Communications Cody Wells had allegedly made verbal threats to a resident before firing several rounds at their home. Following the shooting, Wells is reported to fled on an ATV.
Thompson reports officers who responded from the Logan County Sheriff’s Department were able to locate several .22 caliber shell casings. Thompson was also reportedly informed by the victim that Wells had returned before the authorities arrived and fired several more shots at the home before fleeing again.
Authorities were able to catch up with Wells on a trail a short distance from the victim’s home. Wells reportedly failed to comply with Thompson’s directive to dismount the ATV. The criminal complaint filed by Thompson states Wells had to be, “…physically removed…,” from the ATV to be placed under arrest.
Thompson reports he found a .22 caliber pistol in a bag on the ATV. Wells is charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. If he is found guilty on all charges, Wells could be forced to spend between three and 15 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $7,500 in fines. Bond was set to $50,000.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]