"The sheriff placed him on administrative leave, then talked to the city police chief and he provided him with more specific information as to what occurred. And then he talked to the prosecutor and said, 'Hey, I can't have anything to do with this. Someone else needs to come in and look at it.'"
State Police were brought in to investigate, and Weiford requested a special prosecutor. Doston, a Braxton County assistant prosecutor, was assigned to the case.
Weiford said previously that he asked for a special prosecutor after learning that West Virginia State Police wanted to interview him about the incident.
State Police Trooper K.W. Huddleston was assigned to investigate, Dotson said.
"The police work has been excellent," Dotson said. "This was a top notch investigation. No stone was left unturned."
Sheriff Alkire was interviewed for about 90 minutes by Huddleston about his role in the incident, Dotson said.
"He did, of course, play a dual role. He handled it both as a father and a sheriff and he handled them both correctly," Dotson said. "If we thought there was any type of coverup, charges would be brought."
Robert Alkire II, "handled his department issue pistol in an unsafe manner and fired [it] in such a manner that it created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another," according to the criminal complaint filed in Pocahontas County Magistrate Court.
Other charges could be filed against Alkire II when the case is presented to a grand jury, Dotson said.
"We always start out with the bare necessities and if it has to go further in the process, we will look at other charges," he said.
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