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Man arrested after deputies say he shot his wife

Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 10:23 AM EST
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MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A man has been arrested after deputies say he shot his wife while their 4-year-old child was in the residence.

According to the criminal complaint, Jason Gillman, of Lenore, is charged with malicious wounding, assault during the commission of a felony, domestic battery, wanton endangerment and child neglect with a risk of injury.

The incident happened just after midnight Monday.

“We were pretty taken back that it was someone we actually know that that happened to,” neighbor Chris Workman said. “Nobody knows why except for him. It’s a sad situation, especially since she had a kid.”

Dispatchers say they got a call that a woman had been shot in the back of the head by her husband and walked over to a neighbor’s home to call 911.

Deputies say the victim says Gillman accused her of cheating on him and started arguing with her. The victim told deputies Gillman became more aggressive and the altercation got physical. That’s when Gillman grabbed his gun and shot the woman in the living room while their child was asleep in the bedroom, which is next to the living room, the criminal complaint states.

“It’s pitiful,” Workman said. “There is no excuse for that, for that kind of violence in front of a kid.”

Officials found a pistol and shell casing inside the residence.

Investigators say Gillman was outside the in front of the garage when they arrived and said he didn’t mean to shoot her. He was taken into custody without incident.

“In Mingo County, especially this little community, that is what we do,” Workman said. “When somebody goes through something, everybody jumps in and tries to help. Tries to be with him and be for him. That’s the good thing about being back here.”

Deputies say the shooting victim is being treated in the ICU and is expected to survive. The woman’s family tells WSAZ it’s a miracle she is alive and is supposed to be released from the hospital.

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