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Suspect held in W.Va. shooting

March 25, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A suspect in Friday's domestic shooting in Jefferson County was taken into custody without incident at a Martinsburg apartment complex by Martinsburg City Police.

Ricky Dale Smith, 40, of 104 Big Springs Drive, Kearneysville, was being held on $200,000 bond Saturday at the Eastern Regional Jail.

Charges issued by Jefferson County sheriff's deputies include two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and wanton endangerment with a firearm, and one count each of malicious assault and domestic battery.

Smith, who authorities said once had a relationship with the victim, Teresa Smith, allegedly went to her home on Big Springs Drive in the Happy Creek subdivision about 10:30 a.m. Friday, said Deputy Ward Sigler.


Sigler said that during a confrontation, Teresa Smith ran toward a neighbor's house with her son and was shot at twice with a 12-gauge shotgun.

She was believed to have been slightly wounded.

She was treated at Jefferson Memorial Hospital and released, Sigler said.

Her son was not hit, Sigler said.

Alerted to the possibility that Smith might be headed to the Martinsburg area, Cpl. Charles Ellis Jr. and Cpl. Carl Franklin of the Martinsburg City Police went to 922 Martin's Landing and waited until Smith showed up later on Friday and was taken into custody.

Calls to the Jefferson County Sheriff's office Saturday for more details on the incident reached an answering machine.

Staff writer Dave McMillion contributed to this story.

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