Spat Leads To Gun Fire

WHEELING – Police converged on the home of an off-duty Benwood officer shortly before 10 p.m. Friday to investigate a domestic disturbance that saw his wife fire at least one gunshot.

Wheeling Deputy Chief Martin Kimball joined about 15 other city officers and West Virginia State Police troopers at 149 Edgwood St, near the intersection of Heiskell Avenue in the Woodsdale section of the city. Kimball said officers arrived to find the woman had fired a pistol in her backyard.

Kimball said no one appeared to sustain any injuries as a result of the shooting. Officers detained the woman inside a police cruiser, but Kimball said he was unsure late Friday of the charges she may face.

Because there were no injuries and the case was still under investigation, names were unavailable at press time Friday.

“We believe the husband was trying to calm her down when this happened,” Kimball said. “We are still investigating the situation, and are searching the area for shell casings.”

Kimball confirmed the husband was an off-duty Benwood officer, but said he was not sure if the discharged firearm was his police-issued weapon.