UPDATE: No criminal charges will be brought against shooter in deadly auto shop altercation
No criminal charges will be brought against a Parkersburg man who shot and killed a Belpre man during a fight at JT’s Auto last December.
A Grand Jury has decided not to charge Thomas Burdette, 27, of Parkersburg, in the shooting death of Edward Lee Tice, II, 39 of Belpre.
The two had been at a birthday party at JT’s Auto on the night of December 12 when they began fighting.
Wood County deputies were called to the shop after shots were fired.
When they arrived, they found Tice on the ground with a gunshot wound.
He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Deputies interviewed witnesses at the time, and no charges were immediately filed.
The sheriff’s department then turned the case over to Prosecuting Attorney Pat Lefebure’s office for review.
After hearing from investigators and reviewing witness statements, a Grand Jury has decided not to bring criminal charges against Burdette.
Lefebure said it appears the Burdette shot Tice in self defense.
UPDATE 12/13/20 3:00 P.M.
WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - Authorities have identified the victim and another man involved in a fatal shooting Saturday night in Wood County.
Edward Lee Tice, II, 39, of Belpre, died from a gunshot wound sustained during an altercation with Thomas C. Burdette, 27, of Parkersburg, according to Sheriff Steve Stephens, who said deputies found Tice on the ground with a gunshot wound when they arrived at JT’s Auto at 1567 DuPont Road.
Stephens said deputies talked to several people who were at the scene and determined that the shooting took place when the two men got into an argument during a party.
No charges have been filed, and Stephens said the results of his department’s investigation will be submitted to Prosecuting Attorney Pat Lefebure’s office for review.
UPDATE 12/13/20 3:00 P.M.
WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - The man shot during an incident in the 1500 block of Dupont Road Saturday night has been pronounced dead, according to Sheriff Stephens.
A suspect has been identified but charges are yet to be filed as the investigation continues.
Dispatchers at the Wood County 911 Center say the shooting was called in around 10:20 p.m. Saturday.
Officials said EMS workers were treating a gunshot wound patient on scene, but later took the man to WVU Medicine Camden Clark. That’s where Stephens says the man was pronounced dead.
Keep checking WTAP for updates.
UPDATE: 12/12/20 11:59 P.M.
WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - A man with a gunshot wound has been taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark from the scene of a shooting in the 1500 block of Dupont Road, officials say.
Dispatchers say the incident was called into the Wood County 911 Center around 10:20 p.m. on Saturday.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Department remained on scene as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
ORIGINAL STORY: 12/12/20
WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - Dispatchers at the Wood County 911 Center say the Wood County Sheriff’s Department is on the scene of a shooting in the 1500 block of Dupont Road.
A supervisor at the 911 Center says EMS workers are treating a gunshot wound patient.
No other details are available yet. WTAP has a reporter heading to the scene.
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