Cabell County’s sheriff in West Virginia said a man who authorities believe is the Barboursville suspect who earlier wounded three people in a shooting was cornered Monday in a cemetery and exchanged shots with deputies, but he escaped the scene.
No one was injured, but a Barboursville Police Department cruiser was struck by gunfire.
Fifty or 60 officers are now combing the area in West Pea Ridge near Ridgelawn Memorial Park, searching for Jeremy Bartram. Bartram is accused of firing several shots June 20 into the Barboursville home of his ex-girlfriend. Two adults and a child were wounded in that incident.
Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said someone spotted a person who fits Bartram’s description behind a tent in the parking lot of the Kmart off Route 60. The man took off running when he was confronted.
A witness also reported seeing someone matching Bartram’s description running across the lawn of property in a nearby neighborhood, the sheriff said.
Deputies had the man who they believe is Bartram was cornered by the mausoleum of the cemetery. Shots were exchanged between the suspect and the deputies, but no one was hit. The man disappeared into the nearby woods.
Cabell County deputies, West Virginia State Police, Huntington police and Milton and Barboursville police are assisting in the search. The area near the cemetery that includes Shawnee Drive is closed.
Stay tuned for updates on this developing story.
Several law enforcement agencies are searching an area of Barboursville for a shooting suspect.
West Virginia State Police confirmed there was a sighting in the area of Jeremy Bartram, who is accused of firing several shots June 20 into the Barboursville home of his ex-girlfriend. Two adults and a child were wounded in that incident.
The search began late Monday morning in the West Pea Ridge area on Shawnee Drive. Shawnee Drive is closed at this time.
The Cabell County Sheriff’s Office is in charge of the investigation with assistance from the Huntington Police Department, Barboursville Police Department and West Virginia State Police.
It is unclear at this time the nature of the search.
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