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Boone man kills wife, then himself, police say

By Staff reports

COMFORT, W.Va. -- A Boone County man gunned down his wife before turning a gun on himself Thursday.

State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said Bobby Hatcher, 45, shot his wife Reba Hatcher, 34, multiple times with a .357 Magnum revolver loaded with .38 Special shells on Thursday morning before turning a second gun on himself, killing both.

A .357 Magnum Revolver will also fire .38 Special shells.

Baylous said troopers responded to a domestic violence call at 6298 Joes Creek Road near Comfort shortly before 9 a.m. Once there, troopers found Reba and Bobby Hatcher dead.

Two children, ages 5 and 10, were in the house at the time of the shooting but escaped unharmed. Another man, Bobby E. Davis Jr., 44, was also in the house but also got out unhurt.

Baylous said the relationship between Davis and the Hatchers was unclear.

Reba Hatcher was a cashier at the Little General Store on Coal River Road in Comfort. A coworker who answered the phone there on Thursday said everyone there was just learning of the news.

Reba Hatcher would be remembered for her friendly personality and good work ethic, said the co-worker, who would not give her name. "Everybody liked her and that's about all I can say."


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