UPDATE: Suspect shot by police after domestic situation ends in gunfire
We’re learning new details following a shootout between a suspect and police in Ravenswood Friday.
At a news conference Saturday, Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs tells WSAZ the suspect’s name is Billy McFarland Jr. and he lives in Charleston. Sheriff Boggs says McFarland opened fire on a woman and law enforcement before being shot by officers.
Officials say McFarland drove up to Ravenswood to pick up a woman with whom he had a previous relationship. We’re told he held that woman against her will in his vehicle with a gun he had purchased several hours before the shootout.
Officials tell WSAZ police originally responded to a call that McFarland was driving erratically and tried pulling him over. They say officers knew something was wrong when that woman jumped out of the vehicle.
They tell WSAZ once she jumped out, McFarland stopped and began shooting her while she was on the ground, trying to get behind the police vehicle. At that point, we’re told McFarland saw officers and began firing at them. That’s when police shot back, hitting him multiple times.
McFarland is listed in critical condition and is still alive.
The Mayor of Ravenswood, Josh Miller, says in a statement the officer involved was Sgt. Seth Fisher, and he was not harmed in the shootout. Mayor Miller says Fisher saved that woman's life, praising the quick response from all law enforcement and first-responder agencies involved Friday.
Here's the statement in full from Mayor Miller:
"Yesterday, the City of Ravenswood experienced an officer involved shooting. The officer involved was Sergeant Seth Fisher, he was not harmed in the incident. This was a domestic issue in which Sergeant Fisher saved a woman’s life. The suspect is currently in critical condition, but stable. I want to thank the following organizations for their excellent work and professionalism in response to the incident:
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
West Virginia State Police
Ravenswood Police Department
Ravenswood Fire Department
Ripley Police Department
Jackson County EMS
Silverton Fire Department
Butch Rogers - Retired EMS
and all civilians involved.
I want to thank Sheriff Tony Boggs, Detective Ross Mellinger, and Ravenswood Police Chief Lance Morrison for their quick response to the incident. We’re lucky to have such great emergency service organizations in our county and state."
An officer-involved shooting in Ravenswood, West Virginia Friday began as a domestic situation according to a law enforcement source.
That source tells WSAZ the incident involves the Ravenswood Police Department.
One person was shot and flown to a hospital with serious injuries.
It happened at the intersection of Route 2 and Old Route 56.
No officers were hurt.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is doing an investigation and the Ravenswood will also do an internal investigation regarding the incident.
Deputies are on scene of an officer-involved shooting that happened Friday afternoon in Ravenswood.
Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs tells WSAZ that they are investigating. It happened at the intersection of Route 2 and Route 56.
Additional details have not been released.
WSAZ has a crew headed to the scene.
Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for updates.