(01/11/2012)
HUNTINGTON FATALITY - A Cabell County man was arrested Monday after police said he fatally shot a man early in the morning hours outside a Huntington nightclub.

Huntington Police were called to The Lounge, where they say Aaron Alexander Searls, 27, and Larry J. Keaton, 45, both of Huntington, got into an altercation.

Searls got a handgun and shot Keaton in the torso outside on the sidewalk, according to the criminal complaint.

Police said bar patrons held Searls until officers arrived to arrest him.

Keaton died later Monday.

Searls has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held in Western Regional Jail without bail.

WESTON SHOOTING ALONG US 33 - Early Sunday morning police got a call about a shooting along U.S. Route 33 East near the Upshur County line.

34-year-old Eric Loudin of Upshur County says he was on his way to work when he drove up to a stranded vehicle along the road, with two white men inside.

Loudin apparently stopped to see if there was anything he could do to help. Officers say that as he tried to provide assistance, the two men came at him with a club, and demanded his car keys and money.

Loudin reported he pulled out a hand gun in an attempt to protect himself, but was attacked by the two men.

Deputies say at some point during a struggle, the gun went off, sending a round into Loudin's right shoulder.

The two men then fled the scene in what appeared to be an older Ford Escort.

Loudin was flown to the hospital, and is in stable condition.

POLICE SHOOT FAYETTE MAN - Fayette County Sheriff's deputies shot Brian Lee Koch, 30, yesterday, saying the agency had been investigating him on possible child abuse and neglect charges.

Deputies say they entered a one-room cabin in Ansted to serve a warrant on Koch, who had escaped from a community corrections center earlier in the day.

They say Koch barricaded himself inside the cabin and refused to come out, after which deputies forced entry, after which Koch, armed with a rifle, struck a police dog with the weapon and refused repeated demands to surrender.

Koch pointed the rifle at a deputy, and the deputy fired a shot from his handgun.

The bullet struck Koch in the arm, and he dropped the weapon but continued to struggle with the officers until he was handcuffed, police said.

LINCOLN WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER FIRING GUN - Police arrested Pamela Sue Egnor, 57, after they said she fired a gun at two men renovating her neighbor's trailer.

Trooper D.J. Miller spoke with Raymond Ramey, of Yawkey, who said he was renovating a trailer next door to Egnor.

Ramey said he and Herb Rakes went to Egnor's trailer to get curtains that belonged to the homeowner, according to the criminal complaint.

Egnor was allegedly intoxicated and demanded that the men leave.

As the men were leaving, Egnor continued to yell at them before she reportedly got out a rifle and fired three shots in their direction.

Egnor allegedly said she fired the rifle toward the hillside after the men refused to leave her neighbor's trailer.

Egnor said she had been drinking beer prior to the incident, the criminal complaint said.

She was arrested and charged with firing a weapon within 500 feet of a dwelling and two counts of wanton endangerment.


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