UPDATE, MARCH 28, 12:44 P.M.:
ELKINS, W.Va. (WBOY) — An Elkins man has been charged with second-degree murder after a deadly shooting, and deputies say the man is also accused of shooting a dog that may have belonged to the victim’s daughter.
According to the criminal complaint against 54-year-old Stephen Cross, the incident happened just after 5 p.m. on Monday, March 27 on Chenoweth Creek Road. Responding units were told over the radio that shots were fired and at least one victim had a gunshot wound, but responding officers couldn’t get to the victim because the shooter was still inside the residence.
After a short time, responding officers with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and the West Virginia State Police were able to get Stephen Cross out of the house and detain him, according to the complaint.
A deputy then saw a UTV with at least three bullet holes in its windshield and a man slumped over inside, who appeared to have died from a gunshot wound.
Cross was arrested for second-degree murder and taken to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, where according to the complaint, he told officers he did not want to be interviewed and asked to speak to an attorney.
Officers say they were informed by a witness that Cross admitted to shooting a dog that may have belonged to the victim’s daughter, and that the victim pulled into Cross’s driveway when Cross opened fire on the victim.
Investigators found seven 9mm shell casings while processing the scene, and no weapons were found on or near the victim, according to the complaint.
ORIGINAL, MARCH 28, 9:40 A.M.:
ELKINS, W.Va. (WBOY) — One person is dead following a report of a dog being shot in Randolph County.
According to Randolph County Sheriff Rob Elbon, someone called his office saying a dog had been shot at approximately 5:04 p.m. on Monday in the Chenoweth Creek area of Randolph County.
At 5:15 p.m., deputies received an update to the incident that said a white man had been shot and that the alleged shooter had returned to his residence, Elbon stated.
Once on scene, Elbon said that he saw a white man down in a side-by-side at the alleged shooter’s residence. At that point, Elbon stated he checked the victim for a pulse but did not find any sign of one.
Deputies attempted to administer first aid, but were unsuccessful because the victim was already deceased; deputies were able to talk the alleged shooter out of the residence and take him into custody without incident, according to Elbon.
They then performed a sweep of the residence and found it to be clear; at this time, deputies have been unable to locate the dog about which the original call of the incident was made, however, Elbon did state that the dog is believed to belong to a relative of the victim.
Elbon did not provide the name of the man who was arrested, saying he wanted to wait until the criminal complaint against him was filed publicly.
The West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR) website shows that 54-year-old Stephen Cross was booked in Randolph County on Monday, March 27, and is facing charges of second-degree murder. He is currently being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail but has not been arraigned yet.
Cross’s mugshot was not available on the DCR’s website as of Tuesday morning. 12 News reached out to the DCR to obtain it but has not yet heard back.