Deputies: Grandfather shot & killed grandson in Elkview

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ELKVIEW, W.Va. (WOWK) – The Kanawha County Sheriffs Office has identified both people in the fatal shooting of a grandson by a grandfather in Elkview this morning. Deputies were called to the scene on Sparrow Lane just after 7 AM on Monday, June 17th, 2019.

Deputies say Richard Lipscomb, 78, of Elkview, called 911 and described a fight with his grandson. During the call, deputies say Richard shot his 19-year-old grandson, Griffin Lipscomb, killing him.

Both lived at the house where the shooting occurred. Others were present, as well. Richard described himself to deputies as acting in self-defense.

Richard and others were interviewed this morning. Evidence has been collected and will need further examination. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the State of West Virginia is assisting with the investigation and will conduct an autopsy.

When the investigation concludes the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of Kanawha County will review it and make decisions regarding criminal charges. No one is in custody or facing charges in this matter at this time

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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