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One killed, one wounded in separate Logan shootings

One man was killed and another wounded in a pair of shooting incidents in Logan County Friday evening.

State Police Trooper S.P. Bowling said Saturday afternoon that Harry Joseph Simpkins was shot and killed at about 6 p.m. Friday in the Shawnee Circle area of Rossmore, which is off W.Va. 44, southeast of Logan. His body was taken to the office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Layton Cline, of Mingo County, was arrested at the scene and has been charged in Simpkins’ death, Bowling said. Information on a possible motive wasn’t available Saturday. Cline is being held at Southwestern Regional Jail.

In a separate incident Friday, further up W.Va. 44, in the Cow Creek area, a man was shot and wounded after an altercation on a porch, Logan sheriff’s deputies said in a news release. Deputies are searching for the man’s alleged attacker.

Deputies found Dennis Jacob Idyle II lying on his back in the floor of a home on Elmer Street. Idyle was unresponsive and had a faint pulse, deputies said. He was flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital. Information on his condition wasn’t available Saturday.

Deputies said in the release that a 17-year-old boy had been in an altercation with a man identified as Demetrius Levon Thomas, 30 of Columbus, Ohio, on the porch of the Elmer Street home. The boy ran into the house to get away from Thomas and told Idyle about the incident. Idyle confronted Thomas on the porch and the two got into an argument that turned physical, according to the release.

Idyle went back into the house with the boy after the incident, but Thomas followed them and pointed a handgun at the pair. Idyle tried to get the gun away from Thomas, who then fired a single shot into Idyle’s chest, according to the release.

Thomas ran away from the house and got into a blue 2013 Ford F-150, which had Ohio tags HEF6282, and drove away, deputies said. The truck’s passenger mirror is damaged.

Deputies are considering Thomas to be armed and dangerous. He’s described as standing about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds.

Anyone with information on Thomas may contact the Logan Sheriff’s Office or leave a tip on their tip line at 304-792-8593.


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