Wood County authorities responding to standoff in Parkersburg

Standoff on Forest Drive
Standoff on Forest Drive(WTAP)
Published: May. 24, 2023 at 12:22 PM EDT
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UPDATE: As of 3:20 p.m. the suspect has been identified by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office as 54-year-old Jody Shields of 106 Forest Drive, Parkersburg, W.Va.

UPDATE: As of 2 p.m. the suspect has been arrested and taken into custody.

WTAP will have more information as soon as it is available.

UPDATE: Law enforcement remains on the scene of a standoff on Forest Drive and is asking the public to avoid the area.

According to Sheriff Rick Woodyard, there is a female brandishing a firearm and they are continuing to work toward negotiations with the individual. Sheriff Woodyard is asking the public to stay away from this active scene.

Standoff in Parkersburg
Standoff in Parkersburg(WTAP)

Original Story:

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Wood County law enforcement is involved in a standoff near Abbey Village Drive.

According to Wood County Sheriff Rick Woodyard, deputies have been on the scene since around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Woodyard confirmed the situation is an active standoff and authorities are attempting negotiations.

Woodyard says they believe a female with a handgun barricaded herself in an apartment complex on Abbey Village Drive.

Wood County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police, and WVU-Camden Clark EMS are on the scene.