Two men have been charged with allegedly shooting at officers in the Mill Creek area.
According to the criminal complaint, Logan County Deputy R. L. Johnson was assisting a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) unit at Long Fork with a poaching complaint.
While on the scene, the officer reportedly observed the ATV travel down to the driveway of the residence to the main road as he was standing at his marked cruiser.
Johnson reports on the complaint that he “heard the driver of the ATV yell out “F*** you” and a gun shot was fired in my general direction from the ATV.”
Johnson allegedly pursued the ATV on foot as he was announcing himself as a Logan County Sheriffs Deputy.
While in pursuit, the ATV stopped and a second male reportedly came from the creek bank area and jumped on the ATV. The ATV then fled down the road.
Logan 911 advised Deputy Johnson that the two male subjects on a green ATV were on the property at Long Fork Road. The criminal complaint states that Johnson arrived at the residence to find the home owner “fighting in his yard with the two male subjects from the green ATV that had previously fired a rifle in my direction.” The two male subjects were later identified as Babe Ellis, 32, of Pecks Mill and Walter E. Freeman, 52, of Chapmanville.
Both males reportedly admitted to leavening the scene on the ATV and admitted to getting rid of the rifle while traveling down the road. Both defendants were later transported to the Regional Jail for processing.
Ellis was charged with wanton endangerment, obstructing an officer, fleeing vehicle, shooting across highway and trespassing on posted property. His bond was set at $100,000.
Freeman was charged with wanton endangerment, obstructing an officer, fleeing vehicle, shooting across highway and trespassing on posted property. His bond was also set at $100,000.
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Martha Sparks is a news reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks.