The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 25, 2013

Shooting suspect’s bond remains $500,000

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— After a Tuesday motion for bond reduction, bond remains at $500,000 for a 63-year-old man accused of shooting at a State Police officer in June.

Gary Wayne Richmond allegedly shot at Cpl. J.D. Cooper of the Hinton detachment June 12 while he was responding to a complaint of a man shooting in the River Road area near Hinton.

Richmond is charged with attempted first degree murder and wanton endangerment.

Defense attorney Joseph Harvey requested Tuesday that Richmond’s bond be reduced so he can return home.

Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller said the state objected to the motion for bond reduction.

Judge John A. Hutchison is taking the motion under advisement and has requested a psychiatric evaluation of Richmond and a copy of his medical records, as he is believed to have early onset dementia.

When Cpl. Cooper arrived at the scene June 12, he did not see Richmond outside, so he knocked on the front door. When Richmond opened the door, he was holding a revolver in his hand.

Cooper ordered Richmond to put the weapon down, but Richmond fired the revolver and narrowly missed him.

Richmond retreated into his residence for a moment and then came back out in an attempt to shoot Cooper; Cooper returned fire and shot Richmond, who went back inside and collapsed on the floor.

Cooper did not receive any serious injuries, but Richmond was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment for a gunshot wound to the chest/abdomen area.

Judge Hutchison will make a decision about the bond reduction after review of his psychiatric evaluation and medical records.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com