An attempted murder investigation in Mercer County from 2015 heated up on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies have been tracking down Ryan Tilley since he apparently tried to kill Douglas Hager on Redsky Read near Green Valley back in March 2015.
Investigators said that Tilley had left West Virginia, but were able to follow up on leads that indicated he was in neighboring states. New information recently came to light that Tilley was back in Mercer County. As deputies were following up on places he was known to hang out, they received a tip on Tuesday afternoon that he was at the Walmart store in Princeton .
Deputies and State Troopers went to the store where they found Tilley. He ran off and lead them through the store and across the loading dock. He was eventually captured in the back parking lot. Deputies said he kept a hand in a backpack during the chase. Tilley apparently told them he was hoping that he would be shot and killed in the chase.
Tilley is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday night. He will be held in the Southern Regional Jail if he is not able to post bond.