Felon with gun arrested

A resident of Versailles, Ky., was arrested in Logan County June 28 after he allegedly discharged a firearm near a residence and perpetrated a domestic assault.

Senior Trooper J.E. Garren and Trooper S.P. Bowling with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) were dispatched to a domestic dispute with reports of shots fired at Milkhouse Hollow in Logan. While en route to Milkhouse Hollow, Garren and Bowling report they were advised by Logan County 911 that the alleged defendant, Rex Allen Hale, 29, of Versailles, Ky., had fled the residence in a vehicle and travelled deeper into Milkhouse Hollow.

Upon arrival, Garren and Bowling report they were able to locate Hale and detain him.

Senior Trooper M.A. Broadwater with the WVSP was able to obtain an audio-recorded statement from the defendant’s girlfriend stating she and the defendant had gotten into argument when Hale reportedly verbally threatened and physically harmed the victim. The victim also reportedly advised Broadwater that she witnessed Hale leave the residence with black handgun before hearing gun shots. Garren and Bowling report they were able to find a .45 caliber shell casing in the walkway leading from the apartment to the vehicle.

Hale is charged with domestic assault, domestic battery, wanton endangerment, being a prohibited felon in possession of a firearm and shooting a firearm within 500 feet of a residence. If Hale is found guilty on all counts, he could be forced to spend up to 11.5 years in state correctional facility and pay up to $8,600 in fines. Bond was set to $50,000.

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