MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Monongalia County Delegate Anthony Barill (D-51) was still recovering from a gunshot wound on Monday after Morgantown Police said he was unintentionally wounded when his son committed suicide.

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Del. Anthony Barill (D-Monongalia, 51)

Investigators said Barill was hit with a bullet that went through the floor and bed, while he was asleep at his home on Garrison Ave. in Morgantown, around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday.  The bullet hit Barill’s lower leg.

House Majority Whip Mike Caputo (D-50) said he saw Barill, 80, at Ruby Memorial Hospital later that day.

“Tony is a strong man,” said Caputo on Monday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”  “He’s doing quite well.  He’s had surgery.  He’s got some rehab to do, but Tony expects to be back to work, once he gets through his family tragedy here, he expects to be back to work soon.”

Barill’s son, Bradley Barill, was found dead of what, Morgantown Police said, initially appeared to be self-inflicted wounds in a lower level of the Barill home.

Caputo said Del. Barill and his other family members have had a lot of support in recent days.  “He has just been overwhelmed with the love and the compassion and the support that has been poured out to his family at this time,” he said.

Barill is currently in his second term in the state House of Delegates.  In the past, he served as a Monongalia County magistrate from 1980 to 1997 and as Monongalia County’s sheriff from 1997 to 2001.

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  • William

    Something just isn't right with this STORY.
    Might be a little more that happened in that house.
    Were there is a little smoke, there might be a fire!

    • flossrancher

      William: I am sure you are right. When someone comes to the point of taking his or her own life, there is certainly a long, complex history of circumstances leading up to and surrounding that tragic decision, but I do not believe that it is for me or you or anyone else to ask any more about it. Because Mr. Barill is a public official, the news media have properly reported on the fact that he is in the middle of a great tragedy, and now they will properly leave him alone. Let's you and I do the same, okay?

      • William

        Just sounds a little FISHY.
        Will the police investigate?
        Will the police release details?
        "Magic bullet theory"?

        • Larry

          Actually sounds quite plausible to me, considering the bullet went through the floor, and his bed.

          "Investigators said Barill was hit with a bullet that went through the floor and bed, while he was asleep at his home on Garrison Ave. in Morgantown, around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday. The bullet hit Barill’s lower leg".

          • William

            What did Tony Barill tell police when they showed up?
            How can the police not know the son was in the house, when he lived there with Tony?
            Police said they thought a shooter was on the loose when they got there and they did not search the house?
            Will the facts be released?
            If not, there must be something they want to hide?

          • William

            Happened at 1:00am and didn't find the son dead downstairs until 4:00am???
            Why did no one went downstairs?
            How can police say he was unintentionally wounded so fast?
            Did they investigate this?
            Lets see the police report?
            Give details?
            This STORY does not add up!
            In most cases when you know the right people, you can make things go away!