UPDATE: One woman dead, man shot by officers in Mercer County

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UPDATE: Monday, November 22, 2021 (WVNS) — Two people were announced dead by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department following a domestic disturbance on Friday, November 19, 2021.

Authorities responded to a call around 4:45 pm about a domestic disturbance in the Montcalm area.

Chief Deputy Alan Christian confirmed victim Debbie James, 61, of Princeton, and suspect Christopher Wade, 45, of Methodist Hill were pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are waiting on the autopsy report to confirm James’ cause of death.

Police also found another victim bleeding from their head. They believe that person was hit with a two-pound hammer.

The suspect, Christopher Wade, was found in a garage not far from the crime scene with a gun and refused to surrender, according to investigators. That’s when deputies said they fired a weapon.

“Mr. Wade refused to give himself up, produced a firearm, at which point officers on scene were forced to discharge their firearms, he was also pronounced dead at the scene,” Christian said.

No officers were injured in the incident. More information will be presented when confirmed.


MONTCALM, WV (WVNS) — Several law enforcement agencies in Mercer County are actively investigating a murder in Mercer County.

Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to 59News, there is an active murder investigation in the Montcalm area. The call came in around 4:45p.m. Friday, November 19, 2021.

State Police and deputies were still at the scene as of 8p.m. Friday evening.

No other details have been released at this time, stick with 59News as we continue to follow this developing story.

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