MIDDLEPORT — A Meigs County man is in custody after an alleged incident on Interstate 64 in West Virginia with a shoot fired into a vehicle.
According to a statement on the Milton Police Department Facebook page, at around 1 p.m. on Thursday a woman called 911 to report that “her boyfriend had pulled alongside her vehicle on I-64 and shot a gun, striking her car. (Her) 13 month old grandchild was in the rear seat in a car seat at the time.”
According to the release, Milton PD units arrived at the 28 mm (on I-64) and met with the victim along with a State Trooper. The victim was able to identify the alleged assailant as Terry Bell Jr. of Middleport, Ohio, and the vehicle he was in.
Bell was reported to be driving a 2018 Nissan Altima at the time of the incident.
“Quick communication with Sheriff Keith Wood of Meigs County Ohio led to the apprehension,” read the statement from the Milton PD.
According to a news release from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, “Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office flooded the area along State Route 7 near Story’s Run Road when deputies spotted a newer model Nissan Altima traveling northbound on State Route 7 in Middleport. Deputies observed a single male driver in the vehicle which they confirmed was Terry Bell Jr.”
Deputies pursued the vehicle from Story’s Run Road to the Hobson area of Middleport before the vehicle pulled off along State Route 7. Deputies exited their vehicles and approached Terry Bell Jr. who was at first compliant by putting his hands in the air, stated the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office news release.
“As deputies opened the door to the vehicle Mr. Bell refused to exit the vehicle and stopped following commands issued by the deputies. Bell was forcefully removed from the vehicle for being non-compliant and the possibility of him still having a firearm on his person,” stated the MCSO release. “Bell was placed under arrest for having a warrant out of the Meigs County Court of Common Pleas and Meigs County Court. Bell was also previously released on an ankle monitor which he had cut off days prior. Charges were also filed on Bell through West Virginia for the shooting incident which occurred in Milton.”
The Milton PD release stated, “Lt Kyle O’Dell obtained warrants in Cabell County on Bell for Wanton Endangerment and Prohibited person with a firearm. Bell was held in Ohio on unrelated charges from that state. Chief Parsons, Sgt Scarberry and PFC Withers all assisted in the investigation.”
“Special thanks to the WVSP and the Meigs County Sheriff Office for their assistance in a great example of inter agency cooperation,” concluded the release from the Milton PD.
In the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office news release, Sheriff Keith Wood thanked the Middleport and Pomeroy Police Departments for their assistance at the scene as well as the Milton Police Department for a job well done.
“Great things happen when we work together” stated Sheriff Wood. “Communication was key in this case to getting Mr. Bell put back behind bars where he is now unable to hurt anyone else. My hat goes off to my deputies for their quick thinking and excellent police work as well as our brothers and sisters at Milton PD for passing on the information to us as quickly as they did.”
Information and photos from the Milton Police Department Facebook page.