Red Jacket man charged with attempted murder

Victim in critical condition

SWRJ Photo James Workman

RED JACKET, W.Va. – A 82 year-old Red Jacket man, James Workman, is charged with attempted murder following a shooting on Thursday around 2:21 p.m.

The victim is identified as 42-year old Donald Thomas who was shot in the head.

The Williamson detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) received a “shots fired” call and rushed to the scene.

Sgt. B.K. Wellman said it was a “dispute between neighbors.” Workman allegedly shot at Thomas six times with a .38 revolver hitting him once in the head.

“It just came to a head on Thursday afternoon,” Sgt. Wellman said of the ongoing argument between the two Mingo County neighbors. It is not clear at this time what the disagreement was over and the incident is still under investigation.

Sr. Trooper S.A. Belt is the lead investigator in the shooting. He is being assisted by Sgt. Wellman and Troopers J.D Matheny and T. G. Kania.

Thomas was flown to Pikeville Medical Center and was still listed in critical condition early Friday morning.

Workman is charged with attempted murder, however if the victim dies, the charges will be changed to murder.

First Sgt. A. S. Perdue said that Workman, who is in a wheelchair, shot at the victim while the two men was at the fence line between their properties.

(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

SWRJ Photo James Workman Photo James Workman
Victim in critical condition
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