UPDATE | Mason County deputy shot in the line of duty is now home

Published: Dec. 15, 2019 at 11:40 AM EST
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UPDATE 12/16/19 @ 6:43 p.m..

According to the Mason County Sheriff's Department, Robert McKinley Glenn shot a family member who was also his caretaker. The victim in Saturday's shooting, Jennifer Glenn, was shot in the back but was able to drive herself to the hospital.

When deputies arrived at the scene just after 4 a.m. Sunday, they say Glenn opened fire and Deputy Matt McCormick was shot in the face.

McCormick was released from the hospital Monday night, according to county deputies.

Sheriff Greg Powers says something like this happening in Mason County is rare.

"We've not had anything like this I've been the sheriff for seven years," Power said. "This is the first time I've had anybody that was seriously injured."

"They're like your children," Powers added. "These young guys, we've hired most of them. We've watched them progress through their careers. Anytime one of them gets hurt, it's like one of your kids gets hurt."

Glenn's charges include malicious wounding, attempted murder and wanton endangerment.

UPDATE 12/16/19 @ 1:35 p.m.

The name of the Mason County deputy who was shot over the weekend has been released.

Mason County Sheriff Powers tells WSAZ that Matt McCormick was shot Sunday.

The shooting happened on the 1300 block of Whitten Ridge Road.

The shooting suspect is Robert McKinley Glenn, 81.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

UPDATE 12/15/19 @ 6:11 p.m.

The name of the man who allegedly pulled the trigger on a woman and Mason County deputy over the weekend has been released.

Troopers say Robert McKinley Glenn, 81, shot a family member Saturday. Rodney Miller, the Executive Director of West Virginia Sheriff's Association says the family member he shot was also a caretaker.

"I saw a police officer go by and shortly after I saw the police officer go by I heard five shots, it was like pow, pow, pow, pow, pow," said Wendell Chapman, a nearby neighbor.

State Police say deputies went to Glenn's home on Whitten Ridge Road around 4:10 a.m. Sunday to serve charges and continue the original investigation.

The deputies were confronted by the suspect who started to fire multiple shots towards the officers, hitting one in the face.

Troopers say the officer was taken to the hospital with what is expected to be non-life threatening injuries and is now stable.

"I thank the state troopers and the county (deputies)," Chapman tells WSAZ. "I mean they never know if they're going to go back home or not when they go out and put that uniform on, they just don't know."

Glenn was arrested for malicious wounding and attempted murder.

The woman who was shot by Glenn on Saturday is expected to be OK, according to Miller.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for further updates.

UPDATE 12/15/19 @ 3:50 p.m.

An elderly man is in custody after officials say he shot at Mason County deputies early Sunday morning.

West Virginia Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Rodney Miller tells WSAZ one deputy was shot in the face when they were responding to a home on the 1300 block of Whitten Ridge Road around 4:15 a.m.

Miller says deputies were serving charges on an 81-year-old man who allegedly shot his caretaker on Saturday. Miller says her injuries were not life threatening.


When deputies got to the home, Miller tells WSAZ the man would not let them in, and fired a handgun at them.

Troopers told WSAZ earlier Sunday that the deputy is in stable condition.

The suspect's name has not been released yet.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

ORIGINAL STORY 12/15/19 @ 11:40 a.m.

A Mason County deputy is recovering after being injured in what troopers are calling a “shooting incident.”

It happened at a home on the 1300 block of Whitten Ridge Road Sunday morning.

Troopers tell WSAZ the deputy was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

Details about what happened and how the deputy was injured have not been released.

WSAZ has a reporter at the scene who says it is still an active investigation.

Keep checking the WSAZ App for the latest information.

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