Deputies: Man enters wrong apartment, gets shot by resident

Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 12:50 AM EDT
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County deputies are investigating a shooting at an apartment building on MacCorkle Avenue SW in Jefferson.

They say a man is in serious condition after being shot when he accidentally entered the wrong apartment.

According to Kanawha County Sheriff’s deputies, it appears a man was trying to enter an apartment belonging to a relative, but went into the wrong unit instead. Inside, he pulled out a pellet gun while being wrestled down by friends of the man who lived in the apartment.

“He was actually staying with somebody else in another apartment. He may have been inebriated and tried to go into the wrong apartment. When he does so, some of the friends of the man who lives there began wrestling with him at the door,” said Sgt. Brian Humphreys.

Deputies say the man who lives there then pulled a gun and shot the other man in the chest. The bullet also hit his friend in the hand.

The man shot in the chest is in serious condition.

The friend with the hand injury was taken for treatment as well, though his injury is not life-threatening.

“At this point, nobody has been arrested as a result of the shooting or the home invasion. It looks like we’re going to process the scenes and if the theory holds true of this actually appears to be what happened, we’ll pass that along to the prosecutors for a decision about what, if any, charges need to be filed,” said Humphreys.

No charges are expected to be filed against the shooter, but the case will be reviewed by the prosecutor to see if charges will be filed against the intruder.

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