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West Virginia man gunned down person in front of family, cops say. Then he tried to take drugs into jail.

Source: WVRJA

Nov. 21 2021, Published 9:20 a.m. ET

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A West Virginia man faces murder charges after a fatal shooting a person in front of his family, authorities said.

Elkins police responded to a home at 112 Whiteman Avenue for a reported shooting around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Officers found a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and provided medical aid until Randolph County Emergency Medical Services arrived at the scene.

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Officials said the victim, Timothy Slayton, 41, was transported to Davis Medical Center, where he died a short time later, according to a statement from Elkins Police Chief Travis Bennett.

Witnesses inside the home said they had heard gunshots and then someone knocking at the door. Slayton was found leaning against the door and reportedly told the witnesses that he had been shot. The suspect reportedly fled the scene, but witnesses gave a description of the gunman and his vehicle.

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Elkins police identified the suspect and located him at his home. The suspect was identified as Heath Coberly, 48, who was taken into custody without incident around 1 a.m.

Police learned Coberly allegedly threatened Slayton with a gun about a week earlier.

Coberly was charged with murder, and “attempting to bring a cylinder containing pills into the Tygart Valley Regional Jail. The pills were consistent with buprenorphine hydrochloride 8 mg, a mixed opioid agonist-antagonists similar to Suboxone, designed to prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other opioids, which is classified as a schedule III controlled substance,” according to The Inter-Mountain News.

He was ordered held without bail.


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