A preliminary hearing in Wetzel County Magistrate Court has been set for Larry Watson Sr., 64, of P.O. Box 506, Hundred, for Aug. 23, 10 a.m. Watson will appear before Magistrate Judith Goontz.
Watson was arraigned by Magistrate Thomas Shepherd on Aug. 14, via video, where he pleaded innocent to malicious wounding with a firearm.
The alleged offense took place the evening of Aug. 13 in the Hundred/Littleton area. According to the police report, Watson drove to an area residence, where he spoke to a man and a woman outside of the residence. Once the woman returned to the inside of the residence, Watson allegedly exited his vehicle and fired a 9mm pistol several times at the man, who ended up being shot once in the right shoulder. The alleged victim was able to take several steps back to the residence, but then collapsed by the front door. Watson stayed outside in the yard several minutes before the police arrived. A one-and-a-half hour standoff then took place before Watson was finally taken into custody.
Watson has been charged with malicious wounding with a firearm as a result of the shooting. His bond was set at $100,000 and he was remanded to the Northern Regional Jail.
The alleged victim was taken by AirEvac Lifeteam to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. He was last reported as being in stable condition.
Watson's son, Larry Virgil Watson, 41, was also taken into custody Aug. 13 and was charged with assault and battery of a police officer. Sergeant J.E. Shriver of West Virginia State Police's Hundred detachment reported that this specific incident occurred after the arrest of Larry Virgil Watson's father was made. Shriver stated that a member of the state police was the victim in this alleged offense. No injuries were sustained by the officer, but Shriver said Larry Virgil Watson did make physical contact.
Wetzel County Sheriff's Department sheriff John Brookover, along with three of his deputies, responded to the Aug. 14 incident, along with the West Virginia State Police, including Sergeant Shriver. One state trooper out of Paden City also responded, along with two state troopers from Moundsville.