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Tony Barill

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A Monongalia County Delegate was shot Saturday at his home in Morgantown. Tony Barill was hospitalized at Ruby Memorial early Saturday for a gunshot wound to the ankle. He underwent surgery. When contacted Sunday morning, Barill was no longer a patient at the hospital.

House Speaker Tim Miley was told by a family member that Barill was at home when he was accidentally struck by an errant bullet fired from another room by his son, Brad, during an apparent suicide.

Morgantown police would not confirm the information, but did issue a statement which indicated they are investigating an unattended death in the Woodburn area of Morgantown. Police say the death is not believed suspicious and are withholding the name of the victim pending notification of relatives.

Barill, 80, of Morgantown is a longtime Democrat party politician.  He served as a Monongalia County Magistrate from 1980-1997. He successfully ran for Sheriff and served from 1997 to 2001.  Barill was elected to the House of Delegates in 2010 and is currently in his second term.

I have received an outpouring of calls from delegates expressing concern for Delegate Barill and his family,” Miley said. “In a time such as this, political matters are set aside, as we all concentrate on supporting our friend and colleague and wishing him a speedy recovery.”

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  • James McCormick veterans council

    Terrible news, our thoughts and prayers are with Delegate Tony Barill and family. Delegate Barill is A tremendous man who always supports our veterans and people in general. If we can help in anyway please don't hesitate to contact us. Sad situation and our hearts truly hurt over this.

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss and injury .

    Your friends in the veterans coalition.

  • Patchy

    "Morgantown police would not confirm the information"

    Yes and why would they? We're only the ones paying their salaries and fueling their cruisers.

    When it's John Q. Public all details are fair game. When it's a politician and/or his family the stonewalling and cryptic responses begin.

  • D.Savage

    Heart felt prayers for Tony and his recovery and for the pain he is going through. So sorry for the loss of his son. May God heal all his wounds. God bless!

  • jim march

    Just a stylistic point: he's still a member!

  • Harpers Ferry

    My friend Nemo says that this sounds fishy.

  • Beth

    If you would have read you would have known all the answers to your questions. This has nothing to do with his political affiliation. We should uphold Tony and his family in our thoughts and prayers. Not only is he physically hurt but he lost a family member.

  • Tamatha Ponceroff

    Tony my thoughts and prayers are with you!!! Hope for a speedy recovery!!!

  • Hillbilly Tea

    Prayers and blessings to Tony and family. TB is a true Mountaineer.

  • Kristie

    It has nothing to do with him being a Democrat. He was shot during his son's apparent suicide. It states that in the article. Just because Tony is a politician doesn't mean anything. Prayers for Tony & his family.

  • Brian Tephabock

    Tony you're such a great friend who always helps everyone else. So sorry to hear about this tragedy. Many prayers and kind thoughts are for you right now. Hope your body and broken heart have a good recovery. Take care friend.

  • Lisa Weihman

    So tragic! Prayers for him and the whole family.

  • Diana Preston

    Sadness and prayers for this family. God holds him in his arms.

  • Woody

    According to the story it was an "apparent suicide," so the son's condition is obvious. So sad on so many levels.

  • Dreama

    Get well wishes to Mr. Barill!

  • Howard

    He carries it well. Delegate Barill looks just like his picture. He is a fine gentleman. Prayers for him and his family.

  • JoeB

    Where are some facts about the shooting? Who shot whom? Is someone dead? Are we protecting this guy because he's a Democrat?

  • Danny Shinkovich

    Tony, you have been a great lifelong friend, my prayers are for you and your family, God bless.

  • Sue Badzek

    Get well soon...we are asking the Lord for a quick, speedy and complete recovery for you and asking the Lord to help you and your family get through this! You are and have always been a life long friend of mine which I cherish! You are a good man Tony!
    Love Sue Badzek

  • Medman

    Terrible situation for a good man. We are praying.

  • Rev. Fr. Steve Trosiek

    My prayers are offered to the Lord for Tony's quick recovery and for much suffering. He is a wonderful person whose friendship I cherish greatly. God bless him and his family.

  • Beth

    How is Brad?

  • Kevin

    Our prayers are with Delegate Barill and his family to prevail over these awful circumstances.

  • Bran

    This is family, just to report that Tony is fine and recovering well. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers at this time. We all appreciate it.

  • Scott Core

    Tony-So sorry you had to go through this-your a good man-great friend and mentor to many. Get better buddy-prayers to you and your family.

  • DJ Jolliffe

    Tony you been a friend a lot of people I hope everything gets well best of luck

  • Marty

    I offer prayer for my friend and colleague coach Barrill.

  • Barry Bledsoe

    Prayers for him and his family are what is needed.

  • Murphy Tinsley

    Just a stylistic point: he was a member of the Democratic party, not Democrat party. Even Fox News uses it.

  • Ella

    I am so sorry to hear this news. Prayers for him and his family.

  • Carol

    My husband and I just spent a few evenings in Charleston and spent time with Tony talking about family and close friends. Who would do such a thing? and prayers go out to Tony and his family

  • Travis Carrow

    Is he really 80? If so he either carries it well or that photo is old.

  • Melissa

    I can't believe this. Many prayers for him and his family.

  • Ron "from Morgantown"

    According to MECCA 911 police arrived at his residence at 1:48 am Sat morning . WAJR AM reporting he is in fair condition and recovering at the hospital . My thoughts and prayers are with Tony and his family .