UPDATE | Man enters plea in WVSP trooper shooting

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LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 6/10/19 @ 12:37 p.m.
The man accused of shooting a West Virginia State Police trooper during a domestic violence call made a plea Monday morning.

Jeremiah Yeager entered a Kennedy-Frazier plea for two counts of malicious wounding and one count of strangulation.

Jeremiah Yeager entered a Kennedy-Frazier plea for two counts of malicious wounding in connection with the shooting and one count of strangulation in connection with the domestic incident officers were responding to.

That type of plea means the defendant accepts there is enough evidence to convict, but does not admit guilt.

A swat team took him into custody March 28, 2017 after an hours-long standoff in Alum Creek.

Prior to the standoff, investigators say Yeager choked a woman until she passed out and threatened to kill her when she woke up.

Sgt. David Fry responded to the apartment complex and was shot once in the wrist and once in the shoulder. Sgt. Fry was able to drive himself to the Southridge area of Kanawha County where he met first responders and was taken to the ambulance. He later returned to work and was promoted fro corporal to sergeant.

He faces two to 10 years in prison for each malicious wounding count and one to five years in prison for the strangulation charge.

A sentencing date was set for Aug. 28.

UPDATE 8/29/17 @ 5:05 p.m.
A trooper who was wounded during a domestic violence call in Lincoln County is back on the job.

David Fry, who has been promoted from corporal to sergeant, has been working out of the Quincy detachment for state police.

Fry was responding to a domestic call at an apartment complex in Alum Creek this past March.

Jeremiah Yeager is accused of shooting Fry in the wrist and once in the shoulder. After being wounded, Fry drove himself to the Southridge area and was met by other police officers and paramedics.

Fry said he knew he would come back, thanks to the support he received during the recovery.

"I can't begin to individually thank every person who came to pick me up when I was down -- cards, letters, social media, phone calls -- it never ended. I've had a lot of people and a lot of support behind me. And, and that would push me on the times I would feel sorry for myself."

Fry said he's stationed in Quincy because of the promotion, but he hopes to some day return to Lincoln County.



UPDATE 7/10/17 @ 5:10 p.m.
The man who investigators say shot a trooper during a domestic incident will face a competency test.

Jeremiah Yeager was back in court Monday morning.

A judge says a trial date will be set when forensic reports come back.

Yeager's bond remains at $1 million.

A SWAT team took Yeager into custody in March after an hours-long stand off.

Prior to that, Yeager is accused of choking a woman and then threatening to kill her.

West Virginia State Police Cpl. David Fry responded to the scene and was shot once in the wrist and once in the shoulder.



UPDATE 4/4/17 @ 1:22 p.m.
The man who investigators say shot a trooper during a domestic incident will remain behind bars on a $1 million bond.

Jeremiah Yeager was back in court in Lincoln County on Tuesday for his preliminary hearing.

Yeager was expected to waive the hearing but his attorney ended up asking for a continuance so Yeager could got through a competency evaluation.

His bond was also cut in half from the original $2 million.

A swat team took him into custody on March 28 after an hours-long stand off.

Prior to that stand off, Yeager is accused of choking a woman until she passed out and then threatening to kill her when she woke up.

Corporal David Fry responded to the apartment complex and was shot once in the wrist and once in the shoulder.

Corporal Fry was able to drive himself to the Southridge area of Kanawha County where he met first responders and was taken to the ambulance.

Yeager is charged with attempted murder, two counts of malicious wounding, domestic assault, domestic battery, strangulation, brandishing and obstruction.

He was also instructed on Tuesday that he is not allowed to have contact with the victim.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for update.

UPDATE 3/30/17 @ 10:30 p.m.
West Virginia State Police Cpl. David Fry, the officer injured in a shooting earlier this week, was released from the hospital Thursday.

Fry was shot twice by gunfire Tuesday morning as he responded to a domestic violence call in Alum Creek.

One shot hit Fry's wrist, while the other was deflected by his bulletproof vest, missing vital organs and his shoulder.

Jeremiah Yeager is accused of shooting Fry and for assaulting a woman.

He remains jailed in lieu of $2 million cash-only bond.



UPDATE 3/29/17 @ 10:40 p.m.
More details continue to emerge in the shooting of a trooper that has landed a Lincoln County man behind bars.

Suspect Jeremiah Yeager’s bond was set at $2 million cash only during his arraignment Wednesday.

On his way to court, Yeager told WSAZ’s Jatara McGee that he was trying to get answers out of the woman he is now accused of assaulting.

He also said he was trying to protect that same woman when he shot West Virginia State Police Cpl. David Fry, saying he didn't know Fry was a trooper.

“For his pain and is family ... it's never been my life goal to ever cause anyone any pain,” Yeager said. “I was actually trying to protect someone.”

Meanwhile, Cpl. Fry is in good spirits Wednesday night – all things considered.

He was shot twice. It turns out one of those shots near his shoulder was deflected by his bullet-proof vest, meaning it missed vital organs.

The most serious injury was a shot to the wrist, which State Police Lt. Michael Baylous says is still a concern. Fry can move the fingers on that hand, though.

“It was really good for me and the other troopers to come down here today and to see him lifted our spirits,” Baylous said. “He was in such a good mood and joking with us, and he's really doing surprisingly well.”

Cpl. Fry left the crime scene Tuesday morning and drove himself to meet the ambulance in Kanawha County.

He told Baylous that seeing the lights of the ambulance was one of the best things he's ever seen.



UPDATE 3/29/17 @ 4:40 p.m.
A man accused of shooting a West Virginia State Trooper is out of the hospital.

Jeremiah Yeager, 40, of Alum Creek, was taken to Lincoln County magistrate court where he was given a $2 million cash only bond.

Yeager is charged with attempted murder, two counts of malicious wounding, domestic assault, domestic battery, strangulation, brandishing and obstruction.

He is accused of shooting Cpl. David Fry with West Virginia State Police after Fry responded to a domestic incident at a home in the 400 block of Midway Road in Lincoln County.

Earlier that night, Yeager arrived at the home and got into an argument with a woman there.

The woman told troopers Yeager had not slept in four days and was high on meth.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman told troopers that Yeager took a phone cord and began choking her with it until she passed out.

When the woman regained consciousness, she found Yeager in the kitchen with a long gun and revolver.

The woman told troopers that Yeager kept pointing the gun at her and threatened to kill her. She also told State Police Yeager hit her multiple times with the revolver.

The woman told investigators she heard a door open and saw Cpl. Fry enter the home and order Yeager to drop the gun. She remembered hearing gun shots and then left the home.

After the shooting, various law enforcement officers arrived on scene and surrounded the home.

According to the criminal complaint, Yeager refused to come out of the apartment.

The WVSP SRT team entered the apartment and found Yeager in the bathroom. He resisted arrest, but was taken into custody.

Cpl. Fry was able to drive to meet EMS in Kanawha County after being shot twice.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 3/28/17 @ 9:50 p.m.
A man is facing a slew of charges after being accused of shooting a West Virginia State Police trooper who was responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Jeremiah Yeager, 40, of Alum Creek, is charged with attempted murder, two counts of malicious wounding, domestic assault, domestic battery, strangulation, brandishing and obstruction.

Yeager remained in the hospital Tuesday night, but he's expected to be arraigned sometime Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, Yeager shot Cpl. David Fry two times after Fry responded to a home in the 400 block of Midway Road on a domestic disturbance call early Tuesday morning.

Earlier that night, Yeager arrived at the home and got into an argument with a woman there.

The woman told troopers Yeager had not slept in four days and was high on meth.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman told troopers that Yeager took a phone cord and began choking her with it until she passed out.

When the woman regained consciousness, she found Yeager in the kitchen with a long gun and revolver.

The woman told troopers that Yeager kept pointing the gun at her and threatened to kill her. She also told State Police Yeager hit her multiple times with the revolver.

The woman told investigators she heard a door open and saw Cpl. Fry enter the home and order Yeager to drop the gun. She remembered hearing gun shots and then left the home.

After the shooting, various law enforcement officers arrived on scene and surrounded the home.

According to the criminal complaint, Yeager refused to come out of the apartment.

The WVSP SRT team entered the apartment and found Yeager in the bathroom. He resisted arrest, but was taken into custody.

Cpl. Fry was able to drive to meet EMS in Kanawha County after being shot twice.

His injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

We checked into Yeager's past criminal record. According to magistrate court records in Kanawha and Cabell counties, Yeager pleaded guilty to a battery charge in October 2012. A charge of obstructing an officer was dismissed at that time.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 3/28/17 @ 10:45 a.m.
West Virginia State Police have released the name of both the suspect and the troopers that was shot during the response to a domestic situation.

Troopers say Jeremiah Yeager, 40, is the suspect and he will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer. Other charges could be pending in Lincoln County.

Cpl. David Fry is the state trooper who was shot in the incident.

According to W.Va. State Police, Cpl. Fry was shot in the shoulder and wrist.

Yeager tried to hide a hand gun and got into a struggle with troopers when they arrested him.

Yeager was taken to the hospital for treatment.

State Police say Cpl. Fry was taken to a local hospital after being shot and underwent surgery Tuesday morning. His injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

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UPDATE 3/28/17 @ 8:45 a.m.
A man accused of shooting a West Virginia state trooper has been taken into custody.

State Police say a robot was sent into the apartment on Midway Road where the suspect was hiding and made contact with him. The suspect then surrendered and was taken into custody.

Investigators say he will be taken to a WVSP detachment to be processed.

State Police say the trooper was shot in the shoulder, hand and leg. He was taken to the hospital and is undergoing surgery. WVSP says his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening but his condition remains unknown.

The trooper's name has not yet been released.

A woman was inside the apartment at the time of the dispute and was injured in some capacity. She was taken to the hospital for treatment but there is no information about her injuries or her condition.

WSAZ has a crew at the scene.

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UPDATE 3/28/17 @ 6:20 a.m.
A West Virginia State Trooper undergoes surgery after being shot multiple times following a domestic dispute early Tuesday morning.

State Police say the trooper was shot in the shoulder, the hand and the leg. WVSP says he does not have life-threatening injuries but his condition remains unknown at this time.

The trooper's name is not being released at this time as officials work to contact his family.

A woman was inside the apartment at the time of the dispute and was injured in some capacity. She was taken to the hospital for treatment but there is no information about her injuries or her condition.

Troopers remain in contact with the shooting suspect and have him cornered inside one of the apartments in the complex along Midway Road.

Keep checking on WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 3/28/17 @ 5 a.m.
A West Virginia State Trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries after being shot while responding to a domestic situation.

State Police tell WSAZ the suspect in the shooting is currently in a standoff with authorties at the apartment complex where the shooting happened.

The injured trooper was able to drive himself to the Southridge area of Kanawha County, where he met first responders and was taken to the ambulance. His injuries are not life-threatening.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/28/17 @ 3:40 a.m.
A West Virginia State Trooper was rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning after being shot twice in the leg.

It happened about 2 Tuesday morning along Midway Rd. near the Kanawha-Lincoln County line.

Metro 911 dispatchers say the trooper was able to drive himself to the Wal-Mart in Southridge, where he was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

Authorities are looking for the suspect, but the name of the suspect in the shooting has not been identified. Police are searching the area around the Alum Creek Apartments on Midway Rd.

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