The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 24, 2014

Police believe man shot himself to avoid going to jail

A Richwood resident was arrested Wednesday on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and providing false information to the State Police, according to a press release.

Jerry D. Harlow, 47, claimed in December an someone in a white vehicle stopped at his house, then shot him. Harlow was treated at Summersville Regional Medical Center and released.

Lab results from a gunshot residue test were obtained and probable cause was established to arrest Harlow. The release stated “it is believed Mr. Harlow shot himself in an attempt to avoid possible jail time for previously committed criminal activity.”

Harlow was arraigned in Nicholas County Magistrate Court and released on bond.

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