Fatal shooting in Logan County

By Jarrod Clay - WCHS and FOX TV

PECKS MILL, W.Va. — West Virginia State Police is investigating a fatal shooting in Logan that happened overnight.

According to troopers, a burglary call came into Logan County 911 at about 3:50 a.m. Sunday, but when troopers arrived to the home in Pecks Mill, they found John Ellis, 49, dead from a gunshot wound.

Troopers said the shooter was Ronald Chambers, 51, but they are looking into the possibility the shooting was in self-defense.

Lynn Adams is john Ellis’s sister. She believes Ellis was murdered by Ronald Chambers, and that he was not actually acting in self-defense.

“I think he set him up and murdered him,” Adams said.

Lynn Adams is john Ellis’s sister. She believes Ellis was murdered by Ronald Chambers. Chambers admits to shooting Ellis, but says it was self-defense and Ellis was trying to break in.

Adams says there is more to story, and her brother was a good man.

“He’s a good man, had a good heart, helped many people. He loved his children and his grandchildren and his wife and his mom. All of us are family. We’re close,” Adams said.

Adams says breaking and entering—or threatening harm is not something her brother would do.

State Trooper Shane Thompson says if Chambers acted in self-defense, he did have the right to shoot.

“If an individual was to break into his house, and he felt like his life or physical safety was in danger, then the owner of the residence does have the right to defend themselves by whatever means they deem as necessary at that time,” Thompson said.

“I just hit the floor, I couldn’t believe it. It’s like a bad nightmare, and I want to wake up. But, unfortunately, it’s not a nightmare,” Adams said.

The investigation is on-going.

Logan County Prosecutor, Jerry White, has declined to prosecute Chambers at this time, but he will be presenting the investigation to the Logan County Grand Jury.


By Jarrod Clay


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