UPDATE: Doddridge County man charged with accessory after the fact from Feb. 4 shooting incident in Salem

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UPDATE (2/25/2020 2:27 p.m.):

SALEM, W.Va. — A man has been arrested for accessory after the fact in relation to an incident which occurred Feb. 4 in Salem.

According to a criminal complaint, William Arbogast, 59, of West Union, allowed Charles Barr to come to his house in West Union after being told that Barr had “shot his brother and needed a place to hide the gun.”

When Barr arrived at Arbogast’s residence, he allowed Barr to hide the gun in his garage and didn’t inform officers Barr was at his residence, according to deputies with the Doddridge County Sheriff’s Department.

Arbogast is charged with accessory after the fact. He was booked at North Central Regional Jail, but has since been released on bond.


UPDATE (February 6, 2020 10:30 a.m.):

SALEM, W.Va. – Additional information has been released on the attempted murder charge a Salem man is facing that resulted in Tuesday night’s police pursuit in Ritchie County.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Doddridge County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a residence in Salem on Tuesday, February 4, to a reported shooting. Deputies said they arrived on scene and spoke with the victim. The victim told deputies that the suspect, Charles Barr, had already left the scene and no one had been shot, according to the complaint.

The complaint stated deputies left the residence to search for Barr and after not being able to locate him, they returned to the residence in Salem to speak with the victim again. Deputies said the victim stated Barr asked him to go get his dad’s belongings and when he was not fast enough at doing so, Barr made an aggressive approach towards him. The victim told deputies he attempted to defend himself by grabbing Barr by the waist, when he felt a pinch by the side of his stomach, according to the complaint. The complaint then stated Barr pulled a black handgun from his waistband and fired a shot inches away from the victim’s body. The bullet hit the floor, and once the handgun was fired, Barr ran out the door and left in the stolen vehicle he was later found to be driving during the pursuit Tuesday night, according to law enforcement.

Deputies on scene said they took pictures of the bullet on the floor and that there was also blood on the floor.

In addition to his charges of fleeing in a vehicle and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle from the pursuit, Barr has been charged with attempted murder and being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, according to court documents. He is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail.


UPDATE (February 5, 2020 12:00 p.m.):

The Harrisville Detachment of the West Virginia State Police has released additional information on the police pursuit Tuesday night that resulted in the arrest of a wanted Salem man.

The complaint stated troopers observed Charles Barr, 41, of Salem traveling southbound in the stolen black GMC he was reported to be driving on Route 74/Pullman Road. An approximately four-mile chase ensued which resulted in Barr’s arrest, deputies said.

As a result of the pursuit, Barr has been charged with fleeing in a vehicle and receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, according to court documents.


UPDATE (February 4, 2020 11:29 p.m.):

According to the Doddridge County Sheriff’s Department, Charles ‘Charlie’ Barr was taken into custody after leading Ritchie County law enforcement on a small pursuit.

Charles Barr

Barr was also driving a stolen vehicle at the time of his arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The firearm that he had on him has been recovered, with the assistance of the West Virginia State Police West Union Unit.

The Sheriff’s Department said that would like to the thank the public for the many calls and vigilant eyes which helped get this offender and weapon off the streets.

Barr will be processed and transported to the North Central Regional Jail.


Charles Barr

ORIGINAL (February 4, 2020 4:13 p.m.):

The Doddridge County Sheriff’s Department is currently on the search for a man they consider to be armed and dangerous, according to Deputy Travis with the sheriff’s department.

Travis said that Charles Freeman Barr, a resident of Doddridge County is currently on the run from an attempted murder charge, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He was last seen in a mid-2000s model black GMC extended cab, and could be in the area of Doddridge County, but has also been known to go to Salem, according to Travis.

Anyone with information or knowledge of Barr’s whereabouts are asked to contact the Doddridge County Sheriff’s Department at 304-873-1944. Travis is in charge of the investigation.

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