NICHOLAS COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A former Nicholas County Sheriff's deputy who lost his badge after two incidents faces a criminal charge in connection with one of them.
Former Nicholas County Sheriff David Hopkins, whose term ended Dec. 31, 2016, tells WSAZ that Justin Caprio was on duty and responded to a car accident in Nettie on Dec. 4 of last year. When Caprio arrived, he found his wife had crashed his personal car.
Hopkins says after Caprio's wife was out of the car, he used his service weapon to shoot into the car several times.
According to a criminal complaint, the wrecked car was still sitting in the road. Hopkins is facing a charge of shooting or discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, house, or across a public road in the state. The charge is a misdemeanor.
Hopkins says, days before that incident, Caprio disobeyed orders, refusing an order to turn over a murder suspect to the Nicholas County Sheriff's Department. Hopkins says Caprio instead took the suspect to West Virginia State Police.
Caprio is no longer on the force but could be reinstated. He has two separate civil service hearings that will ultimately determine his fate with the department.