Suspect arrested in Poston murder

TAYLOR COUNTY—A suspect has been taken into custody following a shooting that claimed the life of a Taylor County man.

According to officials, Joshua Blake Price, 29, of Farmington, has been arrested for the murder of 26-year-old Tyler McKenzie Poston.

A forensic scientist from the West Virginia Office of the Medical Examiner found that the weapon used was a small caliber firearm, and ruled Poston’s death as homicide.

Poston was reportedly shot six times from behind, two of those shots were in the head. It is believed that Price was the lone shooter in the altercation.

A motive for the crime has not been released, however, officials believed that Poston may have known his shooter or didn’t feel threatened, because a firearm belonging to the victim was found inside his vehicle.

According to Taylor County Sheriff Terry A. Austin, officers were called to a pull-off spot at the top of Black Mountain, on US Route 119 North in Taylor County, at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, after a family member had located Poston’s body outside of his truck.

Poston was pronounced dead on the scene, that was located approximately eight miles north of his home.

Although a time of death was not released by officials, they believed the incident occurred between the hours of 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 25 and 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26.

According to Austin, that timeline was set in place because family members reported that they last had contact with the victim at that time on Friday night.

The investigation is still ongoing, and Austin disclosed that multiple search warrants were executed in the case, including on several vehicles and Price’s Fairmont pawn shop.

“The cooperation that we have received from the Marion County law enforcement agencies and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Clarksburg field office has been a tremendous help,” said Austin. “We appreciate all that they have done to assist us in our investigation.”

He reported that evidence, including casings, were collected and would be sent to the lab for forensic testing.

Anyone with any further information concerning Poston’s death is asked to please call the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department at 304-265-3428.


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