CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — A Logan County man is dead and investigators believe it may have been a case of self defense.
David Joe Whitt, 48, came to the home in the Eagle’s Nest area along Crawley Creek outside Chapmanville Sunday evening apparently looking for a fight according to Logan County Chief Deputy Mike Mayes.
“We don’t know why he came there, that’s part of the investigation that’s ongoing,” Mayes said. “But at this point, yeah, he’d come there apparently already agitated and angry.”
The homeowner, Casey Adams, 54, asked Whitt to leave several times. Whitt was armed with a knife according to Mayes and when Adams pulled a gun, a fight broke out.
“According to Casey Adams’ statement, Whitt had come to the residence and pulled a knife on him and was asked to leave several times,” said Mayes. “When he pulled the pistol out, a fight ensued, and that’s when Whitt was shot in the head.”
Adams was taken to the Logan Regional Medical Center for treatment of a cut on his face and severe high blood pressure after the incident.
Investigators say at this point is appeared to be a case of self defense and so far Adams has not been charged with any crimes.
“That’s what it’s looking like” Mayes said. “We’ve talked to the prosecutor’s office and run everything by them. At this point that’s what it looks like, but we’re not finished with the investigation.”