Rio man in custody following shooting

Amber Gillenwater

November 15, 2013

RIO GRANDE — A Gallia County man is in currently in custody, and a second man is being treated at a Huntington-area hospital, following an alleged shooting on Wednesday evening in Raccoon Township, Gallia County.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning first reported late on Wednesday night that a shooting had occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. near the Village of Rio Grande.

The incident, that has been confirmed to have occurred in the 2000 series of Cherry Ridge Road in Raccoon Township, sent the 26-year-old victim, David Michael Canter, to the hospital with injuries sustained as a result of the alleged shooting.

The suspect in this case, 49-year-old Michael Merry, was taken into custody by Gallia County Sheriff’s deputies late Wednesday night. He is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail without bond. It is expected that he will be arraigned in the Gallipolis Municipal Court on a possible charge of felonious assault — a charge as listed on the inmate portion of the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office website.

The victim is currently being treated at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va., where, according to Media Relations Manager Charles Shumaker, he was in fair condition as of Thursday afternoon.

Additional details in this case are not being released pending further investigation.