State Police troopers arrested a teenager after a fatal shooting near Braxton County High School.
Troopers arrested Billy Joe McCraw, 18, and charged him with wanton endangerment with a firearm in the killing of his uncle, Donald Morrison, 33, said Sgt. A.J. Shingler.
Officers from Sutton Police Department, Braxton County Sheriff's Office, and state police responded to a call about a shooting around 11:30 p.m Tuesday.
The shooting happened in a home near Sutton, where McCraw was living with his mother, two brothers and sister in a trailer home park on Sutton Lane.
Relatives said McCraw wanted to show Morrison a .9mm pistol. McCraw accidentally fired the gun at Morrison, shooting him on his right side, said Chyristal Morrison, McCraw's half-sister and Morrison's wife. Morrison added that she and Donald were visiting the McCraw family on Sutton Lane Tuesday evening.
Police arrested McCraw around 2:20 a.m. and brought him to Central Regional Jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bond. McCraw was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Braxton County magistrate court and is charged with wanton endangerment.
McCraw declined our request for an interview at the jail.
Relatives told 13News the shooting was just a "terrible accident".
"My brother did not shoot my husband," Chyristal Morrison said. "I feel hurt, lost. Donald's the only thing in the world I have."
Morrison said she is pregnant with Donald's child and they celebrated their tenth anniversary in April.
"I just want him to know whatever happens, I'll be here for him," said Scott McCraw, Billy's 12-year-old brother.
Scott said he idolized his older brother, who loved fishing and protected him from bullies.
People in Sutton described the McCraws as "troubled." Sources told 13News that after McCraw's father died several years ago, the children moved between foster homes before finally returning to the care of their mother in Sutton.
Shingler said McCraw had never posed a problem before Tuesday's incident. But Morrison has faced several charges over the 15 years, according to court documents obtained from the Braxton County magistrate court and Braxton County circuit court.
Between 1999 and 2012, Morrison faced charges of burglary, conspiracy, larceny, sexual abuse, and possession of morphine.
Family held a funeral for Morrison this afternoon.