West Virginia trooper, deputy come under fire

GANDEEVILLE, W.Va. — A Roane County man faces charges of attempted murder after allegedly firing a shotgun at a West Virginia state trooper and a sheriff’s deputy.

State Trooper Zachary Hartley and Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike King each sustained minor injuries when they responded Wednesday evening to a report of suicidal threats at the 230 Red Oak Run Road, Gandeeville, residence of Stanley Gordon Hoskins Jr., 52.

According to a release from the West Virginia State Police, Hartley and King responded to the scene together after the call came in around 5:41 p.m.

“They approached the front door and were met with gunfire,” State Police Capt. Reggie Patterson said.

The release says both officers “were struck in some fashion related to the gunfire but received minor, non-life-threatening injuries.”

Hartley sustained minor leg wounds from buckshot pellets striking him in the leg, the release says. He was treated and released from a local hospital.

King may have been injured by debris, Patterson said.

Hoskins barricaded himself in the residence, the release says. Officers from agencies including the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department and Charleston and Clendenin police departments responded to assist, along with the State Police Special Response Team.

Officers eventually made entry to the residence and found Hoskins hiding under the house, the release says.

Hoskins was arrested without incident just after midnight, the release says. He was taken to Roane General Hospital for treatment for exposure to the elements and possible hypothermia because of the extreme cold temperatures that night. Patterson said Hoskins was expected to be taken to Charleston Area Medical Center Thursday morning.

Although the initial call indicated threats of suicide, the release says it turned out to be a domestic incident. No details about that incident were provided, but Patterson said no one else was injured.

Hoskins is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of malicious wounding and one count each of domestic battery and domestic assault.