UPDATE: Morgantown man charged with murder in fatal Preston County shooting


Aaron Hoard

UPDATE (11/5/19, 11:30 a.m.):

TERRA ALTA, W.Va. – A Morgantown man has been charged with murder following the fatal shooting of a man in Preston County on Sunday.

Aaron Hoard

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Preston County Sheriff’s Office, Aaron Hoard, 33, was involved in an altercation at Shorthorns Saloon in Terra Alta on Sunday. Following the altercation, Hoard was removed from the bar by staff, according to the complaint.

Deputies said Hoard then retrieved a handgun from a nearby parked vehicle and fired a number of rounds into the air. Deputies said a man, Grant Felton, attempted to subdue Hoard, who then shot Felton numerous times. Felton died from his wounds, according to the complaint.

Hoard turned himself in to law enforcement on Monday and has been charged with second degree murder. Hoard is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail.

UPDATE (11/4/19, 2:45 p.m.):

According to the Preston County Sheriff’s Department, Aaron Hoard turned himself in Monday.

There is no update on if Machaela Jeffries is in custody, at this time.

According to the Preston County Sheriff’s Department, they will be releasing more information later this evening in a press release.

Stay with 12 News as we will continue to update this story with the most up-to-date information.

ORIGINAL (11/3/19, 10:09 p.m.):

KINGWOOD, W.Va. – The Preston County Sheriff’s Department wants people to be on the lookout for a couple, considered armed and dangerous, in connection to a shooting death that happened Sunday in Terra Alta.

Aaron Hoard (left,) Machaela Jeffries (right)

According to a statement from Capt. T.N. Tichnell, 33 year old Aaron Glenn Hoard, of Morgantown, is wanted in the death of 38-year-old Grant Felton, of Terra Alta, who was shot Sunday at Shorthorns Saloon.

Officials said Hoard fled the scene and is believed to be with his girlfriend, Machaela J. Jeffries, and possibly their one-year-old child. Deputies said she is helping Hoard evade arrest in a 2018 black Dodge Ram pickup truck, with West Virginia license plate 73Y 340.

The two are considered armed and dangerous, and law enforcement is warning the public to avoid contact with them, but if they are spotted, to call 911 or contact the Preston County Sheriff’s Department.

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