Upshur County resident accused of shooting at three people during argument

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The Upshur County Sheriff’s Department has charged a man accused of shooting at three people.

Deputies said Mary Spencer called 911 to report that Samuel Tenney, 39, of Tallmansville, had fired a gun at her, her husband, Robert Spencer, and her brother, Marvin McIe.  The incident happened at Mary Spencer’s home on Stranahan Road, directly across from Tenney’s home on Cutright Chapel Road, according to the sheriff’s department.

A deputy said he took written and verbal statements from all three people about the incident.  All three people said Tenney made several threats against the Spencers and did shoot in the direction they had been standing, according to the sheriff’s department.

Tenney told the deputy there was an argument about McIe driving too fast on the road, but he did not shoot because he did not have any guns, deputies said.  Tenney then said there was a gun in his home at some point that day, but he would not answer any other questions, according to the sheriff’s department.

During the investigation, a deputy found two 12 gauge cartridges in the road, in the general vicinity where the Spencers and McIe said the shots were fired, deputies said.  A deputy then saw the gun used in the incident inside a Ford Explorer in Tenney’s yard, according to the sheriff’s department.  Tenney told the deputy where to find the keys to the vehicle to unlock it, at which time the deputy found a live shotgun shell, identical to one found in the road, near the vehicle keys, deputies said.

Tenney is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm.  He is in Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

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