The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

July 12, 2012

No charges in arrow shooting

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department reports that no charges will be filed in the June 29 bow and arrow shooting incident that claimed the life of 23-year-old Chris Saunders.

In a press release distributed Wednesday, the sheriff states: “After meeting with the prosecuting attorney’s office and presenting our preliminary investigation, the decision has been made not to file any charges at this time.

“This remains an open and active investigation. Once all the facts are in, including the autopsy and lab reports, the prosecuting attorney’s office will issue a final decision as to what, if any, charges shall be filed regarding this homicide.”

Saunders allegedly went to a residence on Carmellia Street in Prosperity following an altercation that took place at Lewis-Ritchie Apartments in Beckley, to which Beckley Police responded and seized several handguns, including one that belonged to the shooter, who has yet to be identified.

Police believe Saunders went to the residence to continue the earlier verbal altercation. It was then, while Saunders was on the homeowner’s property, that he was fatally shot with an arrow to the abdomen.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 304-255-9300.

Police said more information would be forthcoming.

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