ONA, W.Va. (WOWK) – Update November 1, 2019, 3:25 p.m.: Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle says the second deputy shot, Jared Cremeans, has now been released from the hospital.
Original Story: The Cabell County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Ona.
Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle says two deputies with the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department were shot executing a search warrant for stolen property at around 6:30 p.m. at a home on Blue Sulfer Road.
According to Sheriff Zerkle, the deputies went to the home earlier in the day as Pinkerman had become a suspect in a stolen property case. Deputies returned later Thursday evening with a search warrant.
According to a criminal complaint, Michael L. Pinkerman Sr. braced himself against the door after deputies had identified themselves and asked them to open the door. Deputies say they then observed Pinkerman Sr. communicating with his son, Michael L. Pinkerman Jr., who had an arrest warrant issued for the stolen property.
According to the complaint, after the door was breached bullets were fired from within the home and the two deputies, Jimmy Johnston and Jared Cremeans, were struck multiple times. Deputies say Pinkerman Sr. was still blocking/attempting to block the entrance to the home. They say Pinkerman Sr. was forcibly removed from the home.
Sheriff Zerkle says shots were fired, and Pinkerman Jr. was killed. Pinkerman Sr was injured, taken into custody, and charged as An Accessory to Commit a Felony. Pinkerman Sr. is currently being held at Western Regional Jail on a $300,000 bond.
“It’s one of these things we deal with it, we train for it every day,” Zerkle said. “You don’t want it to come to this. The best thing about today is that my guys are all still alive and they are going to go home.”
The Cabell County Sheriff told WOWK 13 News at the scene, the deputies were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Deputy Johnston has been released from the hospital, but Deputy Cremeans will need surgery after being shot in the hand. Both deputies are expected to make a full recovery.
Multiple police agencies are on the scene and the investigation is ongoing.
The Milton Police Department and Delegate Daniel Linville have confirmed the situation, sending thoughts and prayers to the officers.
“Keep our deputies in your thoughts and prayers,” said Sheriff Zerkle.
He added, “When times like these happen, this is where we get our support…. I am just thankful that my men get to go home. They get to go home tonight. God was with them.”