CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer said Tuesday he will present a Sunday night shooting death case to the next session of the county’s grand jury.
Shaffer said he’ll allow a grand jury to decide if “criminal charges would be appropriate” in the case of Tina Owens.
Investigators say Owens, 57, of Jarvisville, killed her 11-year-old grandson William Owens Sunday night when she fired several shots from a .40 caliber pistol. She thought there were trespassers on her property and one of the shots went through her son’s home, striking the grandson who was in bed.
Owens has not been charged.
In a statement Tuesday, Prosecutor Shaffer said he’s decided to go to the grand jury because the victim in the case and shooter were related and because it’s an issue of responsible gun ownership.
“It’s a good case for members of the community to decide if charges will be appropriate in this case,” Shaffer said.