(10/08/2021)
ROAD RAGE SHOOTING - A man has died Thursday after a shooting in Williamson, according to the Williamson Police Department, and a tractor-trailer driver was arrested in connection with the incident.

The call came in around 2 p.m. about a shooting along U.S. 119 North.

According to the criminal complaint, James Armstrong, the truck driver, fired a shot at the other man, Eric Bennett Sammons, after a confrontation. The complaint states that Sammons walked to the driver’s side of the semi, “screaming and cussing.”

The court records show that Sammons had blocked the tractor-trailer at the intersection of U.S. 52 and U.S. 119 with his car. Armstrong’s attorney told WSAZ it was a case of self-defense.

Advertisement Sammons, who was shot in the chest, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Williamson Police Chief said Armstrong, who is from outside the area, would be charged with second-degree murder. The chief said Sammons was from the area.

The Williamson PD, Mingo County Sheriff’s Office, WVSP and Williamson FD all responded to the scene.

The northbound lanes of U.S. 119 were closed during the investigation.

MAN KILLS BROTHER OVER GIVING COVID-19 VACCINES

A man who was arrested in Tucker County after a manhunt on Oct. 1 allegedly killed his brother and sister-in-law because his pharmacist brother was distributing COVID-19 vaccines.

Jeffery Allen Burnham, 46 of Cumberland was taken into custody in Davis, West Virginia on Friday, Oct. 1 for suspected triple homicide after he was found driving a red Corvette that was thought to belong to one of his victims. West Virginia State Police said he was connected to the double murder of his 58-year-old brother, Brian Robinette, and his 57-year-old sister-in-law, Sue Robinette, that took place in Ellicott City, Maryland, and the murder of an 83-year-old woman in Allegany County, Maryland.

Court papers revealed that after shooting his brother and his wife in their home, he then stole his brother’s red Corvette and stopped at an unidentified person’s house for gas. Burnham told the person that his brother had been killing people with the COVID shot.

Court papers also revealed that had previously told his mother that his pharmacist brother was “poisoning people” with the COVID vaccine.

Since his capture in Tucker County last week, Burnham has been extradited to Allegheny County, Maryland for murder and auto theft charges.


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