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Man arrested for murder after woman is shot with crossbow

Published: Dec. 22, 2020 at 3:25 PM EST
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ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man is facing a first degree murder charge for shooting and killing a woman with a crossbow.

Officers with the St. Albans Police Department were called to a home on the 2700 block of Forrestal Avenue in St. Albans around 9:40 p.m. Monday for a stabbing. However, once arriving on scene, officers found a woman critically injured by a crossbow.

St. Albans Police Chief, Joe Crawford said Andrea Springstead, 36, had been shot in the face with a crossbow by George Call Jr., 44.

Emergency crews attempted to save the woman’s life but were unsuccessful.

“It was a domestic-related issue, they were dating,” Chief Crawford told WSAZ. “,So it was a domestic-related issue that I guess got out of hand but we’re still following up, the investigation is still continuing.”

After interviewing witnesses and processing the crime scene, investigators arrested Call on murder charges. Chief Crawford said he does not believe Call is a familiar face to law enforcement.

WSAZ asked if the two lived together inside the home:

“The location of the residence they were at, they both stayed there previously (on and off) but that was not their primary residence.”

Chief Crawford also said that St. Albans had another homicide around this time last year.

“It seems like our domestic-violence or domestic-related calls increase during this time of year,” he said. “It just seems like that’s what comes with the holidays, unfortunately.”

WSAZ spoke with neighbors along Forrestal Avenue who said this type of incident is extremely uncommon for their area.

“It’s just a scary, crazy thing,” said Lauren Krisher, who has lived in St. Albans for several years. “It’s just not normally something that happens here.”

“it’s a tragedy this time of year and our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the family,” said Chief Crawford.

Chief Crawford said Call did not run and cooperated with police on scene.

Other than Call and Springstead, there was one other resident inside the home who lived there, police say that person is the one who dialed 911.

Kanawha County Investigative Bureau also helped assist with the investigation.

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