UPDATE: Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting in Putnam County

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UPDATE 10/28/14 @ 11:15 P.M.
BANCROFT, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One man is dead after deputies say an argument between roommates escalated in a deadly shooting.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder. It was reported about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Ferry Trailer Park in Bancroft. It first was reported as an accidental shooting.

Neighbor Tiffany Loudermilk says she heard someone outside her trailer screaming. When she asked the man what was wrong, he told her he accidentally shot his roommate. That's when she ran inside the trailer and tried to help.

"I ran in the house, and there was just nothing that could be done," Loudermilk said. "I tried to apply compression, but the wound was in the eye so I don't think I could have helped him."

The victim was 20-year-old Troy Cobb. Loudermilk said she stayed with him until he died.

"I felt the need to sit there and tell him he wasn't alone," she said. "Because no one wants to pass out of this world alone."

Deputies say the shooter, Jacob Smailes, made the initial 911 call, saying he accidentally shot his roommate. Loudermilk said she firmly believes that.

"He didn't mean to. He was just broken completely when he told me what had happened," Loudermilk said.

Yet, after deputies questioned Smailes and another man who was there, they say it was no accident. The witness told deputies the two men had gotten into an argument that ended with the gunshot to Cobb's head.

Smailes, who was charged with first-degree murder, is being held at the Western Regional Jail without bond.

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ORIGINAL STORY 10/28/14 @ 7:57 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree murder charge after another man was found shot to death in a mobile home park in Bancroft, Putnam County Sheriff's deputies say.

Jacob Smailes was arraigned in Putnam County Magistrate Court and taken to the Western Regional Jail. He is being held without bond.

Troy Cobb died from a single gunshot wound to the head from a large-caliber handgun.

The incident was reported about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Ferry Trailer Park. It first was reported as an accidental shooting.

Deputies say the suspect and the victim were roommates.

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