UPDATE: 7/12/19 at 5:30 p.m. According to Mercer County Sheriff Deputies the call came in just after 10:30 p.m. on Thursday July 12.
When deputies arrived to 1277 Stoney Ridge Road in Bluefield, WV, they found Joshua Rasnick dead near the front door of the home from a gun shot wound. Deputies and West Virginia State Troopers were able to locate 22 year old Timothy Hager in the woods after a short foot pursuit.
According to court documents the girlfriend of the deceased stated that Rasnick and Hager got into an argument and as Rasnick was walking toward the door Hager shot him with what she believed to be a rifle.
Hager was arraigned Friday afternoon at the Mercer County Magistrate Court. He is charged with Felony 2nd Degree Murder and other misdemeanor charges.
Detective Sommers said they charged him with 2nd Degree murder instead of 1st degree because it did not appear to be premeditated.
“First degree murder requires premeditation, a plan prior to the act. Second degree murder there is no plan of a malicious killing of another person,” Sommers said.
Hager is being held at the Southern Regional Jail on a $55,000 cash only bond.
Sommers said they are still talking to people gathering information on the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.
ORIGINIAL STORY: MERCER COUNTY, WV (WVNS) — A shooting in Mercer County Thursday night ended with one person dead and another in handcuffs.
Deputies said the shooting happened at a home along Stoney Ridge Road, between Brushfork and Bluefield.
Deputies confirm that Joshua Rasnick was shot.
West Virginia State Police chased the suspect, Timothy Hager, through the woods and arrested him. Hager is being charged with 2nd degree murder.
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