Man Allegedly Fires on Marshall Deputies

MOUNDSVILLE – Moundsville resident Argel E. Johnson is being held on $100,000 bond after he allegedly fired several shots Saturday at Marshall County sheriff’s deputies responding to his home on a domestic violence call.

Johnson, 47, of RD 4, was arrested and charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, brandishing a firearm, domestic assault and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling for his involvement in the incident.

According to the criminal complaint, two deputies responded to Johnson’s home for a possible domestic dispute involving a firearm. While they were en route, dispatchers remained on the phone with the female who reported the incident. She said Johnson was drunk and pointing the gun in her face, as well as firing it at random.

When deputies arrived at the home and started to exit their vehicle, Johnson allegedly exited the home and fired shots. As the deputies scrambled to take cover, Johnson allegedly fired a total of seven or eight shots in their direction, just missing their heads, the complaint states.

While waiting for backup to assist in the situation, the deputies learned there were five females inside the house with Johnson, including three minors. After Johnson went back inside, the officers were able to rescue the females from the home before entering the residence to look for Johnson.

The complaint states the deputies found Johnson sitting in a computer chair and, after he refused to surrender, he was tackled to the ground. Johnson allegedly refused to present his hands to be handcuffed, prompting the deputies to deploy a Taser.

Johnson was arrested without further incident.

The deputies found an empty gun holster on the ground, as well several spent shell casings behind the home.

However, the complaint states the deputies were unable to located the gun Johnson allegedly fired.

When asked who he thought he was firing at in the driveway, Johnson allegedly told deputies he thought it “might have been the neighbor.”

Johnson was arraigned by Marshall County Magistrate William Anderson and taken to the Northern Regional Jail on $100,000 bond. A preliminary hearing date has not been set.

Marshall County Chief Deputy Sheriff Kevin Cecil said Monday the incident is a reminder for all deputies that a situation like this can happen at any time, and they must always be on guard.

“The biggest thing for us is officer safety, and we all recognize that fatal situations can arise at any time,” he said. “We have to be aware and on guard any time we go on a call.”