UPDATE: Domestic Dispute Leads to Shooting; Names Released

By: Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Olivia Fecteau Email

UPDATE 3/26/14 @ 1 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An arrest has been made after a man was shot in Mason County, West Virginia.

The Sheriff's Office says the shooting happened about 11 a.m. Tuesday on Valley Drive in Apple Grove.

When deputies got on scene, they say the victim, Donald R. McGhee II, 35, of Winfield, had already left the scene.

They were able to track down McGhee, and a woman, on Jerry's Run Road.

McGhee had a single gunshot wound to the chest. Deputies say as of Wednesday morning, McGhee is in serious condition at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Deputies arrested Michael Allen Kenney, 42, of Apple Grove in connection with the shooting. He was charged with malicious wounding. More charges are pending against him.

Deputies say the shooting stemmed from a domestic violence incident involving the victim and his ex-girlfriend.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/25/14 @ 4:50 p.m.
MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Investigators are looking for answers after a man was shot in the stomach in Mason County, W.Va., on Tuesday morning.

West Virginia State Police tell WSAZ.com they responded to a call along with Mason County Sheriff’s deputies about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at a house along Valley Drive in the Apple Grove area.

Investigators say the suspect, a woman, and the victim, a man, were former partners and were talking inside the house Tuesday when this all happened.

“They'd been talking, apparently trying to repair their relationship. What we’re getting – they’d maybe possibly separated,” West Virginia State Police Sgt. T.S. Mills said. “[They] were talking things out and just something happened back there in the back bedroom, or back there in the back of the house. Something happened that led to the struggle and the shot being fired.”

But investigators say the details aren’t completely clear. Mills tells WSAZ.com that when deputies met up with the couple, they were in a car together and the suspect was driving the victim to a hospital in Teays Valley.

“The vehicle was actually stopped down the road, out here off of Jerrys Run [Road],” Mills said. “Everything was OK then. [Of] course, the victim was in quite a bit of pain.”

Even though there were two other people in the house at the time the shooting happened, investigators said they were getting a different version of what happened from each person involved.

“It could possibly even be a self-defense shooting,” Mills said. “Everybody's giving a different story and nobody's wanting to give a straight answer. It’s making it a little difficult to reach that conclusion that it is a self-defense shooting.”

There are also questions about the gun used in the shooting. Investigators say they believe it was a small-caliber handgun – possibly a .22. However, they are still trying to find the weapon.

“We're getting different stories about what happened to that firearm,” Mills said. “One of them told us that the firearm was tossed into the pond back there and then they changed that story after they saw us back there searching for it.”

Mills said that domestic disputes and neighbor disputes are usually some of the most dangerous calls for law enforcement officers.

At this point, investigators are not releasing the names of the suspect or victim. They say the victim is expected to recover. Until they know more details, investigators say they are not sure if the suspect will face charges.

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