By Hayley M. Cook
WILLIAMSON – A man has died after an officer-involved shooting in the Dingess area of Mingo County.
According to West Virginia State Police (WVSP), officers responded to a 911 complaint of a single vehicle accident that occurred on Moses Fork Road. Witnesses at the scene advised that three people had been in the vehicle at the time of the crash. These witnesses provided officers with a description of a male driver along with two other passengers, a female and a toddler.
Witnesses also advised officers that the driver exited the vehicle and discharged a round from a handgun into the air.
Troopers later learned that the driver of the vehicle was Randy A. Matheny, 31 years old, of Dingess. The other occupants in the vehicle were identified as his wife and child. All three had been given a ride from the scene by another motorist, who was later identified as a family member
The family member dropped Matheny and the child off at their residence on East Fork Twelve Pole, and then dropped Matheny’s wife off at Logan Regional Hospital.
The troopers responded to Matheny’s residence and noticed the front door was open. As they approached the door, they noticed a shotgun and ammunition on the porch.
Matheny was found standing in the living room just beyond the open door, holding a handgun.
The troopers gave Matheny instructions to drop the handgun; however, he refused the request and then raised the handgun in a threatening manner toward the troopers.
The three troopers responded to the immediate threat to officer safety and discharged their weapons. Mr. Matheny died as a result of the wounds he received.
During the course of the follow-up investigation, troopers discovered additional firearms inside the residence.
The child was unharmed and with a family member a few hours later.