Oak Hill man arrested and charged with murder

Robert Jeffries

UPDATE: The person of interest, Robert Jefferies, in the fatal shooting in Oak Hill on December 12, 2019, turned himself into the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department this morning.

At this time, Jefferies has been charged with First Degree Murder. Jeffries is being held without bond and now awaits court proceedings.

The victim in this incident has been identified as Michael Johns, age 50 of Page. Officials have not been able to establish an accurate motive at this time.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department disclaimer: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. A criminal complaint is nothing more than a document that merely alleges a criminal charge.

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FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A Fayette County man is dead this evening from an apparent gunshot wound.

Sheriff Mike Fridley says, at just after 5:00 PM this evening, the Fayette County 911 Center received notification of a subject who had suffered a gunshot wound on Gatewood Road near Oak Hill. Initial information received was that this was an accidental shooting, however, the further investigation suggested otherwise. Deputies with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department are currently working the scene and collecting information and evidence. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time, pending family notifications.

The Sheriff’s Department is currently attempting to locate a person of interest in this incident. Robert Jeffries (pictured – 49 of Oak Hill) is wanted for questioning and is believed to be on foot after leaving the scene wearing a camouflage jacket. It is encouraged that if you know the whereabouts of Mr. Jeffries, immediately notify the Sheriff’s Department as listed below. If you spot someone who fits the description of this subject, do not attempt to approach or otherwise engage. Call 911 to provide police with any information.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

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