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12/16/19 7:00 p.m. UPDATE: SLAB FORK, WV (WVNS) — Atop a secluded mountain in Raleigh County, a fight between father and son turned deadly.

Jay Sellards was shocked when learned about the incident, involving his long time coworker.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” said Sellards.

Raleigh County deputies arrested 47-year-old Ronnie Cochran, after he allegedly shot and killed his son, 26-year-old Matthew Cochran. On the evening of Sunday, December 15, 2019, Matthew’s girlfriend, Rachel McGinnis, called 911 saying Ronnie was causing a disturbance at this property. She reportedly told dispatchers he drove off in a truck. A few minutes later, she called 911 again claiming Ronnie shot Matthew.

Raleigh County prosecuting attorney, Kristen Keller, said the father is now facing charges.

“The father is now charged with first degree murder and also wanton endangerment with a firearm, because the deceased’s girlfriend and her little child were there at the time of the shooting,” Keller said.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they said they found Matthew with a gunshot wound to his chest, and his father sitting a few feet away with the firearm at his side. Those close to the family were left scratching their heads.

“He looked beat up,” said Sellards. “I don’t know if maybe he was provoked or something, but I’ve never known him to be a violent person ever.”

Sellards said he worked with Cochran for more than a decade. He said Cochran was laid back, and always spoke highly of his kids.

“Never.. never.. nothing from him like that, he’s not violent at all.”

McGinnis told deputies Cochran continued to fire in her direction as she was trying to give Matthew CPR. Deputies with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department are working to determine just what led to this tragedy.

Cochran is now in jail without bond.


12/16/19 9:20 a.m. UPDATE: SLAB FORK, WV (WVNS) — A man is charged with murder in connection to a shooting in Raleigh County.

Deputies arrested Ronnie Cochran, 47, of Slab Fork, after they determined he allegedly shot and killed a man on Acord Mountain Road on Sunday, December 16, 2019. The victim was identified as his son, Matthew Cochran. Investigators said the two were fighting before the shooting.

Ronnie is charged with first degree murder and two counts of wanton endangerment. He is in Southern Regional Jail without bond, awaiting arraignment from Raleigh County Magistrate Stephen Massie.


ORIGINAL STORY: SLAB FORK, WV (WVNS) — An investigation is under way after a report of shots fired in Raleigh County.

Dispatchers told 59 News the call came in just before 8:30p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2019 for a shooting on Acord Mountain Road in Slab Fork.

Details are extremely limited at this time, and it is unclear of any injuries.

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, Lester Volunteer Fire Department, and Jan Care Ambulance are on scene.

Stay with 59 News as we continue to follow this developing story.

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