UPDATE: Hearing set for W.Va. man charged in gunfight with deputies

Published: Oct. 30, 2019 at 8:53 PM EDT
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UPDATE 11/4/2019 4:47 P.M.

A hearing has been set for a West Virginia man charged in a gunfight with deputies that ended in his son's death.

Fiftysix-year-old Michael Lane Pinkerman is set to appear in court Wednesday morning on charges including accessory to attempted first-degree murder. A magistrate is set to determine if there's probable cause to hold Pinkerman on a $300,000 cash-only bond.

Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle has said that deputies attempting to serve a search warrant for a stolen gun at a home in Ona last week were met by the father-son team. Two deputies were wounded.

Zerkle said authorities previously tried to talk with the son after someone shot up the local fire station. The station's chief says the son recently left the department.

UPDATE 10/31/19 11:00 A.M.

Our sister station WSAZ reports that the father of the suspect who was killed after shooting two sheriff's deputies in Cabell County is facing charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Michael Lane Pinkerman, 56, of Ona, is facing two counts of accessory to commit attempted murder -- one count for each deputy shot.

Pinkerman was arrested after he was discharged from the hospital. Deputies say he tried to shield his son, Michael Pinkerman II, from officers.

Cabell County Sheriff's Office deputies tried to serve a search warrant at a home in Ona Wednesday evening. Around 6:30 p.m., investigators repeatedly identified themselves outside the home in the 4300 block of Blue Sulphur Road.

The search warrant was for a stolen gun. Deputies say Pinkerman II had the gun in his possession earlier in the day.

Pinkerman II was being investigated as the suspect in the shots fired at the Ona Volunteer Fire Department. At least 13 shots were fired Tuesday, damaging three fire trucks.

When investigators arrived to execute the search warrant Wednesday, they say the suspect's father braced himself against the door. "As the deputies continued to advise the suspect to open the door, he was observed having some type of communication with his son," the criminal complaint states.

The deputies struggled to get the door open as Pinkerman blocked it.

"As the door was breached, the suspect forcibly closed the door, again, while having verbal communication with his son," deputies wrote. "As the door was forced open again, gunfire from within the residence began and two deputies were struck multiple times."

Deputy Jared Cremeans was shot three times in the hand, shoulder, and another place. He is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday.

Deputy Jimmy Johnston was shot twice in his bulletproof vest and released from the hospital.

Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle says deputies shot and killed Pinkerman II.

The gunman's father, Pinkerman, was also shot during the incident. It's unclear how serious his injuries are.

"The suspect was still actively blocking/attempting to block entry into the residence before being forcibly removed," deputies wrote about Pinkerman in his criminal complaint. "The actions of the father, Michael Lane Pinkerman, allowed the original subject of the warrant to attempt to commit murder."

Pinkerman is in the Western Regional Jail on a $300,000 cash-only bail.


Two Cabell County Sheriffs deputies are in the hospital Wednesday night after being shot while executing a search warrant in an incident that left the suspect dead.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. at a home along Blue Sulphur Drive in the Ona area.

According to Cabell County Sheriff Chuck Zerkle, Deputy Jared Cremeans was shot three times in the hand, shoulder and in another place where the sheriff was not certain. Deputy Jimmy Johnston was shot twice in his bulletproof vest.

Cabell County Delegate Kelli Sobonya said one of the deputies was undergoing surgery Wednesday night.

The suspect in the case, Michael Pinkerman, was shot by deputies and killed at the scene.

According to Zerkle, the deputies went to the home earlier in the day as Pinkerman had become a suspect in a stolen property case.

They left the home and returned with a warrant later in the evening.

Sheriff Zerkle says that when they got to the home, along with the SWAT team, there was some sort of obstruction. He said the shots were being fired as soon as the officers made their way inside the home.