UPDATE (4/1/2020 1:03 p.m.):
ELKINS, W.Va. – West Virginia State Police have arrested two Elkins residents in connection with an investigation into the shooting of an Elkins police officer.
On Thursday, March 26, state troopers, who were assisting with the investigation into the shooting of Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre from earlier that evening, went to a home at 118 Henry Ave. after learning that the residents there had video of the incident, according to court documents.
Troopers asked Matraca “Matty” Watson if she had any video of the incident, to which she said “no” and told troopers that she was asleep when it happened. When state police told her that they had information that she did have video, her brother, Jeremy Watson, told troopers that Matraca Watson was asleep and that no one had seen anything or had any video, according to criminal complaints.
Troopers then left the home and watched the video again, seeing that it clearly came from the home at 118 Henry Ave., they said. State Police returned to the home and talked with Matraca Watson again, asking to see her phone. With the phone in hand, Matraca Watson then tried to walk away from troopers, they said. State police then detained her and demanded that she hand the phone over, but she again tried to get away from them, according to her complaint.
While troopers tried to arrest Matraca Watson, Jeremy Watson got in the way and continued to “mouth off” to troopers and deny that the video existed. Matraca Watson then admitted to having a video, saying she was afraid to tell troopers.
Both Watsons were then arrested and charged with providing false information and obstructing an officer, which are both misdemeanor charges. The pair is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail, with bail set at $500 each.
UPDATE (3/31/2020 12:03 p.m.):
ELKINS, W.Va. – An internal review is underway looking at the use of force after an Elkins police officer was shot during an arrest last Thursday.
Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre was shot twice by Jerry Isner during an interaction between the two and another Elkins police officer, according to court documents.
Sayre was flown by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, where he was treated, before being released and returning to Elkins on Friday.
Following the incident, a video surfaced on social media that appears to shows a portion of Isner’s arrest. When the video starts, Isner is lying handcuffed in the alley. An officer is then seen standing over Isner, yelling “you shot my f***ing partner, you son of a b****” and striking him in the face. “Get up and walk. You do anything stupid, I’ll tase your a** again, walk.” While the pair are walking down the alley, the video then shows the officer shoving Isner from behind.
You can see the video below; however before hitting play, be aware that it includes explicit language.
Elkins Police Chief Travis Bennett issued the following statement:
“We are aware of the video. Under Elkins Police Department policy, any use of force by officers (including use of a TASER, as in this incident), automatically triggers an internal review. We can’t comment on any officer’s use of force while that review is ongoing.”Elkins Police Chief Travis Bennett
Isner’s mugshot, which was posted on the West Virginia Regional Jails website, shows him with a black eye. It is unclear if his facial injuries are the result of the strike from the officer in the video or from another part of his encounter with officers.
UPDATE (3/27/2020 5:05 p.m.):
ELKINS, W.Va. – An Elkins police officer shot during an arrest last night is now back home after being release from the hospital.
According to city officials Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre returned to the city Friday afternoon. You can watch how Sayre was welcomed back to Elkins in the viewer-submitted video below.
Officers allege Sayre was shot by Jerry Isner II of Elkins after they were called to a complaint of a man carrying a rifle.
Sayre was treated for gunshot wounds in the arm and leg at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
UPDATE (3/27/2020 11:00 a.m.):
ELKINS, W.Va. — On March 26, officers with the Elkins Police Department responded to a 911 call of a male subject wearing black jeans and a black shirt who was carrying a rifle on Henry Avenue and going toward First Street in Elkins, according to a criminal complaint.
When officers arrived on scene, they encountered Jerry Isner II, 48, of Elkins, as he walked down an alley between Henry Avenue and John Street in the direction of Second Street, officers said, and at that time, officers exited their patrol car in an attempt to make contact with Isner.
One of the officers gave Isner commands to drop the firearm and get on the ground, but, according to the complaint, officers had to radio in that Isner was not complying to verbal commands.
About a minute after radioing in about Isner’s lack of compliance, officers informed radio traffic that Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre had been shot and was in need of EMS, officers said.
Immediately following the shooting, officers had secured a black Mossburg 702 Plinkster .22 caliber rifle from Isner, and, according to the complaint, there were two spend shell casings where Isner had discharged the rifle at Sayre, as well as a .22 caliber shell casing which had jammed the rifle.
When officers on scene recounted what happened, they said that when they attempted to stop Isner, he said “Just leave me alone,” as he walked away, but officers began to close the distance, and when they got close and discharged their tasers, striking Isner on the back, according to the complaint.
When he was hit with the taser, Isner fell to his stomach on top of his rifle, at which point he rolled over, saying “F*** you guys,” then fired three rounds, with two of them hitting Sayre in his left calf and right shoulder/bicep area, officers said.
Video surveillance later showed that, before the incident, Isner had left his apartment and shot a round from the Mossburg in the air, and, according to the complaint, when officers searched the area later, they fo9und two spent shell casings at the foot of Isner’s steps.
A witness stated that once Isner left his apratment and discharged the firearm, he waved the Mossburg around, then turned around and shouldered the rifle as though “he was aiming at something towards the Federal Building and Second Street,” officers said.
During his Friday afternoon news conference, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice sent well wishes to Sayre. You can see them below:
UPDATE (3/27/2020 9:44 a.m.):
ELKINS. W.Va. — The Elkins Police Department has released a statement giving the name of the shooter in the officer-involved shooting on Thursday night.
According to the release, officers responded to a call of a male subject, later identified as Jerry Isner II, 48, walking around with a rifle.
When officers made contact with Isner, they ordered him to stop and put the rifle on the ground, but Isner did not comply with officers’ demands, so they attempted to deploy a taser in “an attempt to control” Isner, officers said.
When officers attempted to move on him, Isner opened fire and struck Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre twice, according to the release, and due to the proximity of bystanders, officers were unable to return fire on Isner.
Officers on scene provided medical treatment to Sayre until Randolph County EMS workers could arrive on scene, at which point he was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Isner has been charged with malicious assault on an officer and attempted murder. He is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $250,000 bond.
ORIGINAL (3/26/2020 9:01 p.m.):
ELKINS, W.Va. – An Elkins police officer was shot while issuing an arrest Thursday night.
According to Sutton Stokes with the City of Elkins External Affairs, Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre, 25, was executing an arrest at approximately 7:30 p.m., when he was then shot.
The extent of the officer’s wounds were said to be non-life-threatening, but officials confirm that he was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
A suspect has since been placed into custody, according to the release. There is no update as to the name of the person in custody.
Patrolman Sayre has been a part of the Elkins Police Department since 2015.
Stay with 12 News as we will continue to update this developing story with the latest information available.