A McDowell County man was in jail after allegedly shooting and killing another man Sunday night.

McDowell County sheriff’s deputies said Wesley Payne, 54, of War, was in an argument with Donald Baker 52, of Avondale, when the shooting occurred.

Deputies said Baker was shot once. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting took place at Baker’s house. Police are continuing their investigation.


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  • Tonya

    I hate this had to happen. I have known Wes Payne and his family my whole life. There was always an ongoing domestic dispute with him self and life partner Lisa. I hate that a man had to loose his life . Now Lisa is free to do as she pleases and Wes's life is over. Not to mention the lives that will forever be changed for Donnie Bakeres family. They are all in my prayers.

  • Brian

    Takes a heck of guy to shoot somebody in his own house.