CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pocahontas County Sheriff Robert Alkire's son was taken to the hospital after a Nov. 30 incident where the sheriff's deputy fired his department-issue pistol at his girlfriend's house.
Robert Alkire II got into a verbal altercation with his girlfriend Jennifer Miller at her Marlinton home that spilled out into the street, said Special Prosecutor Dan Dotson, who is handling the case.
It was in the street that Alkire fired his department-issued weapon, Dotson said.
Dotson said Robert Alkire II was charged Jan. 25 with one count of wanton endangerment for the incident. Bail was set at $3,000.
"It was not fired at anybody in a malicious manner," Dotson said.
Alkire then went into Miller's house, Dotson said.
Police were called and Sheriff Robert Alkire arrived on the scene, he said.
Sheriff Alkire did not return a phone call Thursday regarding this story.
"The sheriff responded to the scene in Marlinton. At that point in time [Robert Alkire II] was in a medical situation," Dotson said. "The sheriff and a deputy came to transport him to a medical facility. They were unsuccessful."
The sheriff couldn't get his son to go to the hospital, Dotson said. Dotson declined to specify the "medical situation."
Emergency workers arrived on the scene and were able to transport Alkire to Pocahontas Memorial Hospital, Dotson said. Alkire II was placed on administrative leave immediately, he said.
Sheriff Alkire then talked to Marlinton Police Chief Everette Tinney and prosecutor Walt Weiford and told them what happened and that he couldn't be involved anymore, Dotson said.