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Shots Fired at W. Va. Deputies at Domestic Dispute Call


A call of a domestic dispute led to law enforcement being shot at in Marshall County early Saturday morning, according to Chief Deputy Kevin Cecil.

Emergency dispatch received a call at about 2:30 a.m. of a domestic dispute in the area of Orchard Lane, south of Moundsville.

Police say they ended up arresting Argel Johnson 47, around 6 a.m.

Deputies said Johnson pulled a gun on other family members in the house and when law enforcement arrived they were held at bay. During that time shots were fired, but no one was struck, according to Cecil.

During the entire dispute, Johnson's family had themselves locked into the bathroom for safety.

"In fact, our dispatchers stayed on the phone with the family during the entire time to talk them through this and give us information that was critical," said Cecil.

Officers eventually made entry into the home. At that time, other family members were removed and the suspect was located. Police said he was subdued with a stun gun and then taken into custody.

Johnson is being charged with two counts of wanton endangerment with a firearm, brandishing a firearm, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and three counts of domestic dispute charges.

He was being held at the Northern Regional Jail. Bond has not yet been set.

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