A Preston County man has been arrested after after police say he held his father at gunpoint.

According to the West Virginia State Police, troopers responded to a shots fired complaint at a home in Tunnelton. Troopers met with deputies from the Preston County Sheriff’s Department, who were already on scene, in the parking lot of Laurel Mountain Community Church, near the home where the alleged incident took place

Troopers said they then met with the victim, David Howard, and observed a large knot on his forehead, and obtained a recorded statement from him on the prior events. 

David Howard told law enforcement in his statement that he was at his home with his son, Cody Howard, 27, of Tunnelton. Both David Howard and Cody Howard were consuming alcohol, specifically voldka, while working on the roof of the residence, according to the statement. David Howard then told troopers that after working on the roof, Cody Howard went into a camper, retrieved a 16 gauge single barrel shotgun and returned outside.

Cody Howard proceeded to point the shotgun at David Howard, the statement said. David Howard then attempted to wrestle the shotgun from Cody Howard, and the shotgun discharged near David Howard’s head, according to the victim’s statement. The statement then said that David Howard was able to wrestle the shotgun away from Cody Howard, who proceeded to flee the scene. 

David Howard was able to provide the shotgun to law enforcement, which was entered into evidence, troopers said. State Police said that while reviewing Cody Howard’s criminal history, they learned that a protective order issued from the state of Pennsylvania prohibited him from possessing and/or purchasing a firearm.

Cody Howard was then located at a home near the Laurel Mountain Community Church by the Preston County Sheriff’s Department.

Cody Howard was arrested and charged with wanton endangerment and being a person prohibited from possessing a firearm.