A Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputy was shot in the face while investigating a report of another shooting at a home in West Virginia early Sunday morning, Dec. 15, WCHS reported.

The incident happened at approximately 4:15 a.m. at a residence in the 1300-block of Whitten Ridge Road, according to West Virginia State Police.

Deputies responded to a report that an elderly man had shot his female caretaker, who was a family member. One of the deputies was shot in the face as the suspect fired multiple shots towards the officer when they entered the residence.

The deputy was rushed to Cabell Huntington Hospital and later was transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. 

He was reportedly in stable condition, according to WSAZ

“I thank the state troopers and the county (deputies),” Wendell Chapman, a nearby neighbor, told WSAZ. “I mean they never know if they’re going to go back home or not when they go out and put that uniform on, they just don’t know.”

The woman’s condition is expected to be OK, according to Rodney Miller, the executive director of the West Virginia Sheriff’s Association.

The suspect was identified as Robert McKinley Glenn, 81, according to state police. He has been charged with attempted murder and malicious wounding.

The West Virginia State Police are handling the investigation.

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