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UPDATE: Mason County Fatal Shooter Haunted by Memories of Pulling Trigger

By: WSAZ News Staff; Tim Irr; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Tim Irr; Andrew Colegrove Email
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UPDATE 7/31/13 @ 11:25 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man accused of shooting and killing a young man he helped raise said he had no choice, saying it was a matter of life or death.

"I begged him to stop hitting me, and he went into a rage," Bill Bell said in an exclusive interview with WSAZ.com's Tim Irr.

Bell said it is difficult to process the whole scene, especially being the one who pulled the trigger on 25-year-old Shane Meadows of Glenwood, W.Va. But he said he is forever haunted by the memories.

"Even with my eyes open, I just keep seeing it over and over and over in my head," Bell said. "I can't get it out of my head."

Deputies interviewed Bell after the shooting; he was never put in cuffs or charged -- presumably this would be an argument of self defense.

Bell says the attack with a 2-by-4 ensued after he refused to let Meadows borrow some equipment and continued up the hall to Bell's bedroom.

"He had the board in his hand and I screamed, 'No Shane! Please stop!' And then the next thing I knew, I heard the shot go off."

Bell admits he fired the shot with a 12-gauge shotgun. Meadows died there in the hallway, and Bell feels haunted by the horror of killing someone he'd known and helped raise.

While Bell remains a free man in the eyes of the law, he says he's imprisoned by horrible memories that won't go away.

"I have to live here knowing what happened," he said. "The last memories I have of my best friend is seeing him hit the ground."

Bell blames Meadows' rage on what he calls a meth addiction.

The Mason County Sheriff's Department has turned over all the evidence from the case to the prosecutor's office to determine if any charges will be filed.



UPDATE 7/30/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
GLENWOOD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The father of a slain 25-year-old man from Mason County spoke with WSAZ.com about the circumstances surrounding his son's death.

"I just don't understand it," Bruce Meadows said. "Bill Bell has known my son since he was 8 years old and treated him like a son or brother."

"Sure, they were known to fight, but they always got over it," Meadows said. "What happened up there we'll never know, but I know my son was not armed with any weapon."

The Mason County Sheriff tells WSAZ.com his office is still waiting for autopsy reports as the investigation continues.

William Bell, who lives along Chandler Ridge Road, has not been charged with any crime.

The sheriff's department says Meadows was pronounced dead at the scene Monday afternoon. Investigators say the shooting appears to be the result of a disagreement between acquaintances.

Shane Meadows leaves behind two small children.

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UPDATE 7/30/13 @ 1:36 a.m.
MASON COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- The Mason County Sheriff's Office has released the name of the man shot and killed in Glenwood, W. Va. Monday.

They say Shane A. Meadows, 25 of Glenwood, died of a single gunshot wound. Meadows died at the scene.

The shooting happened in the 4400 block of Chandler Ridge Road about 3 p.m. Monday.

The Sheriff's Office said in a news release that the shooting appears to be the result of a disagreement between acquaintance,s and the circumstances are currently under investigation.

Sheriff Greg Powers says Meadows did not live in the home where the shooting happened.

"We're not really sure right now if it was a home invasion or if it was something other than that,” said Sheriff Greg Powers.

The alleged shooter was taken in for questioning.

Monday evening the Sheriff said the man had been cooperative. No word if any charges will be filed.

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UPDATE 7/29/13 @ 9 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was shot and killed at a home in the Glenwood area of Mason County Monday afternoon.

The question now is whether the shooter was within his legal rights to pull the trigger.

The Mason County Sheriff says a little after 3 p.m. Monday, the man who lives in a house in the 4400 block of Chandler Ridge Road shot and killed another man inside the home.

Investigators aren't saying what may have led up to the shooting. They say the victim did not live at the home.

"We're not really sure right now if it was a home invasion or if it was something other than that,” Sheriff Greg Powers said. “The investigation is ongoing."

Neighbors on the normally quiet Chandler Ridge say this shooting didn't come as a big surprise.

"A lot of people did know eventually something like this would happen, but they were hoping it wouldn't," neighbor Beverly Chapman said.

Chapman says it's well known in their small community that the man who pulled the trigger has had problems in the past with the shooting victim, who also lived on Chandler Ridge.

“It's been an ongoing thing for a while," Chapman said.

The sheriff says they're checking to see if they can find any documented history of issues there.

"We'll be looking at 911 records to see if there's been anything here in the past," Powers said.

The man who pulled the trigger was taken in for questioning. The sheriff says he's been cooperative and has not been charged.

Relatives of the shooting victim declined to comment Monday evening.

The names of the shooter and victim have not been released yet.

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ORIGINAL STORY
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person is dead after a shooting in Mason County.

The shooting happened Monday afternoon in the 4400 block of Chandler Ridge Road in the Glenwood area of Mason County.

Sheriff Greg Powers tells WSAZ.com that one man has been shot and killed.

Powers says the man who pulled the trigger does live in the home where the shooting happened. He has been taken to the Sheriff's Office for questioning, but has not been named a suspect at this time.

Powers tells WSAZ.com the victim did not live in the residence.

There is no word at this time if the two men knew each other.

The victim's name or a motive have not been released.

We have a crew on the scene.

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