Wounded delegate likely struck by bullet that killed son
MORGANTOWN -- Police say a Monongalia County delegate who was shot in the foot over the weekend was likely struck by a bullet fired by his son.
Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said police went to the home of Delegate Anthony Barill, D-Monongalia, around 1:45 a.m. Jan. 25 to respond to a report of shots fired. Preston said Barill was asleep in his bed when a bullet apparently came up through the floor, traveled through the bed and hit Barill in the foot and lower leg.
Barill told police his son, Bradley, may have fired the shot, Preston said.
Anthony Barill was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital for treatment while police searched for Bradley Barill. Preston said Bradley Barill was found downstairs at about 4 a.m., dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Preston said police don't usually release details about suicides, but did in this case because Anthony Barill is a public figure and there had been numerous requests for information about the incident.
"It's important that we all send our well wishes and prayers to him and his family during this difficult time. On behalf of myself, my Vice Chairs and staff we wish him a quick recovery and offer our well wishes and condolences to his family,'' West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said in a statement.
Anthony Barill was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2010. He is vice chairman of the Enrolled Bills Committee and serves on the Education, Political Subdivisions, Roads and Transportation and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security committees.