UPDATE (Feb. 29 7:13 a.m.)
A woman is dead and a man has been arrested following a gunshot incident in Fairmont Friday evening.
When Fairmont police officers got to the scene at a home in the 1900 block of Morgantown Avenue, they found Malinda Broyles, 45, with a gunshot would to her neck, police said. She was unresponsive, they said. Police officers, firefighters, and rescue squad workers all tried live-saving measures, but Broyles was then pronounced dead, according to a news release.
An investigation by Fairmont police detectives and the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office is still on-going, but preliminary findings show the shooting happened when a man at the house, Gene McIntosh, fired a Diamondback AR-15 style rifle while manipulating the charging handle of the rifle, police said.
During an interview with investigators, McIntosh said that the charging handle slipped from his hand, causing him to press the rifle’s trigger, according to court documents.
McIntosh, 34, was charged with wanton endangerment involving a firearm. He is being held in the North Central Regional Jail, with bail set at $20,012.
More information may become available after an autopsy of Broyles is completed, police said.
A 17-year-old, a 15-year-old and an 8-year-old child were in the home at the time of the incident, according to police.