Jamie Keith Sheppard, 40, of Big Creek, W.Va., was arrested Sept. 11 following a fight that allegedly escalated into a situation where a gun was fired eight times.
Deputy Carter, of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, and Captain Brown, of the West Virginia State Police, responded the scene at Limestone Branch area of Logan County where they reportedly found a .40 caliber round lying in the road. Carter reports he photographed the round and collected it for evidence.
Carter and Brown then traveled to Sheppard’s residence at Big Creek where Sheppard reportedly explained he and the victim had gotten into a physical altercation. Following the fight Sheppard allegedly traveled to the victim’s residence where they got into an argument. During the argument, the victim reportedly pulled out a knife and Sheppard responded by pulling out a pistol and firing eight rounds at the victim. The victim was not struck any of the bullets; however, one round reportedly came to rest in the passenger door of a vehicle.
Sheppard allegedly stated he fled in his van to Big Creek where he threw his .40 caliber pistol and seven spent rounds into the river.
Sheppard is charged with a felony count of wanton endangerment and misdemeanor count of obstructing. If he is found guilty on both charges, Sheppard could be forced to spend between two and six years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $3,000 in fines. Bond was set to $10,000.
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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]