POINT PLEASANT — Law enforcement have identified the body of a man apparently shot and killed by a 17-year old juvenile family member who allegedly fled the scene and was apprehended in Huntington on Sunday.
The victim, Ron Jarrell, was found on Sunday at a residence on Ripley Rd. outside of Point Pleasant by personnel with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department which is leading the investigation with Cpt. Carl Peterson as the lead investigator. It’s reported deputies were sent to the residence to do a wellness check on the victim and upon observing the body, obtained a search warrant and secured the scene.
According to Sgt. E.B. Starcher with the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, the juvenile relative had allegedly fled the murder scene and ended up being apprehended on Sunday by Huntington City Police in Huntington. Sgt. Michael Baylous, public information officer with the West Virginia State Police, said the juvenile was apprehended without incident and as of Sunday evening was at the Huntington Detachment of the W.Va. State Police. The state police, including those with the Mason County Detachment, and personnel with the state police crime lab, are also assisting in the investigation.
The juvenile will reportedly be facing a first degree murder charge and could appear Monday for a hearing. A handgun appears to have been used in the crime, according to Baylous.
Personnel with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department were still processing the crime scene and working the case on Sunday evening and were unavailable for comment. At this time no other details have been released such as a motive.
Starcher reported this is the fifth murder in Mason County in a year and a half.