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W.Va. legislator struck by bullet in fair condition

Tony Barill
Tony Barill

By Alex Lang

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — State Delegate Tony Barill, D-Monongalia, remained in fair condition Sunday, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.

Barill, 80, was struck by a bullet that traveled through a floor in his Woodburn home early Saturday morning.

The Morgantown Police Department released limited information about the incident and on the unattended death that was being investigated in the Woodburn area.

A woman who answered the phone at Barill’s Garrison Avenue residence said she was a neighbor and declined to comment.

At about 1:50 a.m. Saturday, Morgantown Police responded to a reported shooting at Barill’s house. One person was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital and the medical examiner was called to the house after the incident was reported.

Saturday afternoon, the Morgantown Police Department sent out a news release saying that a death in the Woodburn area was under investigation and that it was not believed to be suspicious. The department didn’t name the victim, pending family notification.

House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, told The Dominion Post that he learned from one of Barill’s daughters that a bullet traveled through the floor and hit her father in the leg. Miley wouldn’t provide information on exactly what happened or what led to Barill’s shooting.

Late Saturday afternoon, The Dominion Post received a notice about the death of Barill’s son, Bradley Allen Barill, 57. The notice only indicated that he died Saturday at home. The White Pages indicate that his address is the same as his father’s.

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