MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A preliminary investigation indicates that the son of a Monongalia County lawmaker unintentionally shot his sleeping father and then apparently committed suicide, Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said Monday.
Delegate Anthony Barill, D-Monongalia, was asleep early Saturday morning when a bullet went through the floor and the bed and hit him in the lower leg, Preston said in a news release.
Barill told police that his son, Bradley Barill, might have fired the shot, Preston said.
Members of the Morgantown Police Department's Special Response Team were called to the residence after Bradley Barill did not respond to officers at the scene. The team members found Bradley Barill inside the residence with wounds that appeared to be self-inflicted. He was pronounced dead at the scheme, Preston said.
The Morgantown address where Preston said the shooting occurred is the same as the address listed for Anthony Barill on the House of Delegates' website.
Anthony Barill was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said Monday she had no information about him.
"It's important that we all send our well wishes and prayers to him and his family during this difficult time. On behalf of myself, my Vice Chairs and staff we wish him a quick recovery and offer our well wishes and condolences to his family," West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said in a statement.
House Majority Leader Mike Caputo, D-Marion, said he visited Anthony Barill in the hospital Saturday and that the lawmaker has a long cast on his right leg and is undergoing physical therapy.
Caputo said Barill indicated he hopes to return to the Legislature before the end of the regular session in March.
Anthony Barill was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2010. He is vice chairman of the Enrolled Bills Committee and serves on the Education, Political Subdivisions, Roads and Transportation and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security committees.
Preston said the police department typically does not issue news releases on suicides. He said the information was released due to the injury of a public figure and media inquiries.