TAYLOR COUNTY—Two people are dead, following an apparent murder-suicide on Monday morning.
According to Taylor County Sheriff Terry A. Austin, crews from multiple departments were dispatched to a home on Spring Hill Acres, off of Tappan Road just after 10:00 a.m., on Monday, after the Harrison-Taylor 911 dispatch received a call stating shots had been fired.
58-year-old Kenneth Cottrell was pronounced dead on scene, while 41-year-old Angela Bittinger was flown by HealthNet to WVU Medicine’s J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased.
Austin reported that both individuals died from gunshot wounds. He revealed that a third party was in the residence and made the call to 911. He furthered disclosed that the individual was not physically harmed in the shooting and was not believed to be a suspect.
The West Virginia State Police Crime Scene Investigation team was called to the residence and began collecting evidence and investigating.
According to Taylor County Prosecuting Attorney John Bord, it is believed the two had been involved in a domestic dispute that escalated. He shared that it is the thought of investigators that Bittinger shot Cottrell, before turning the gun on herself.
The incident is still under investigation by the West Virginia State Police.
The Taylor County and Boothsville Emergency Squads were also on the scene.