The Elkins Police Department is investigating an alleged shooting that sent one man to the hospital and an Elkins woman to jail on Thursday.
Samantha A. Armentrout, 22, of 36 16th Street, Elkins, is being charged with wanton endangerment with a firearm after she allegedly shot Timothy Myers Jr. in the back. Lt. S.D. Richards said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be pending.
A criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court said that at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sgt. S.R. Judy and 2nd Lt. E.R. Canfield were dispatched to the residence in reference to a male subject that had been shot in the back.
"Upon arrival Randolph County EMS had the victim of the gunshot, namely Timothy Myers Jr. on the gurney and were preparing to transport him to the hospital," the complaint states. "The victim was shot in the back near the right shoulder blade."
The officers encountered Fred Bennett at the residence and asked him where the gun was located and he said it was inside. Once officers were in the house they discovered two female subjects, Armentrout and Suzy Cogar.
Cogar told the officers she had the pistol, a Glock Model 17, and gave it to the officers.
"According to all parties involved, Fred Bennett and Suzy Cogar arrived at Armentrout and Myer's residence. Myers was going to look at some tractor parts that Bennett had," the complaint states.
"While engaged in conversation, Armentrout produced the weapon and was showing it to Bennett and Cogar."
The complaint states that Armentrout insisted the weapon was safe and in the process of attempting to demonstrate the weapon was unloaded discharged a round and struck Myers in the back near the right shoulder blade.
"It should be mentioned the Armentrout subject was under the influence of alcohol at the time the shooting occurred and a substantial amount of illegal narcotics were seen in plain view on the kitchen table of the residence," the complaint states.
Armentrout is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond.
Richards said Myers was transported to Davis Memorial Hospital and then later to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown by helicopter. He said Myers "pulled through" surgery and is still in the hospital.