The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 21, 2013

W.Va. man charged with shooting his 2 children

A Kanawha County man who police say shot two of his children and himself has been arrested after getting out of the hospital.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says Roy Rodger Pittman was arrested Thursday. He’s facing murder and malicious wounding charges.

Deputies were dispatched to Pittman’s home on May 24, where they found his 15-year-old adopted daughter had been killed with a shotgun. His adopted son also had been shot.

Authorities say Pittman shot himself in the face when confronted by deputies. He had been hospitalized until Thursday, when he was transported to South Central Regional Jail.

Detectives have not released a motive or the statuses of other family members, including the son.

It was not clear Thursday whether Pittman had an attorney.

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