High School Football
6:00pm: Sportsline with Tony Caridi

Shootings tied to hunting lease dispute are focus of ‘vigorous’ investigation in Greenbrier County

GREENBRIER COUNTY, W.Va. — The shooting deaths of two people who were killed last week in Greenbrier County were definitely not the result of a hunting accident.

That’s according to Patrick Via, prosecuting attorney for Greenbrier County.

He has been working with State Police and others to determine what exactly happened before Jeremiah Thomas, 33, and Jennifer Thomas, 34, of Smoot, were fatally shot on Friday, Nov. 29.

No charges had been filed as of Tuesday morning.

“The incident appears to have resulted over a dispute or an argument about a hunting lease or the property associated with a hunting lease in terms of the use or misuse, as the case may be,” Via said.

“We are developing facts on this pretty rapidly.”

Via said the two victims were married.

Two other people were involved in some way in the shootings near Williamsburg, described as a rural area near the county line with Nicholas County.

In addition to State Police, deputies with the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department and the Nicholas County Sheriff’s Department responded to the shooting scene around 4:30 p.m. last Friday.

“The matter remains under investigation and will be under investigation for so long a period as it takes to ascertain the facts,” Via said.

“Currently, that investigation is ongoing vigorously.”





More News

News
WVU overall enrollment down 3%; provost says small decrease considering circumstances
WVU BOG gets update on pandemic.
September 18, 2020 - 4:22 pm
News
HEPC chair pledges additional help for campus groups dealing with COVID-19
Mike Farrell, commission members hear from reps of faculty, staff and students.
September 18, 2020 - 3:44 pm
News
Marshall puts professor on administrative leave over political comments
Faculty member apparently upset with Trump supporters.
September 18, 2020 - 3:18 pm
News
Justice, task force talk positive tests, field hospitals at Friday briefing
September 18, 2020 - 2:35 pm