Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 15, 2012

UPDATE: Fatal shooting investigation continues, identity of victim confirmed by police

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A homicide investigation started Wednesday after an adult male was shot and killed during a fight outside a Bee Street residence.

Authorities with the Princeton Police Department have released the name of the victim that was shot in Princeton on Wednesday afternoon. According to Lt. J. W. Howell with the Princeton Police Department, Michael Cardwell, 34, from Bluefield, died in the shooting, which happened on the 400 block of Bee Street. One man is in custody. Howell said a press conference regarding the incident will be held at 11:15 a.m. at the Princeton Police Department.

The shooting was reported at approximately 4:15 p.m. at the 400 block of Bee Street in Princeton. Officers dispatched by Mercer County 911 found one person on the sidewalk when they arrived on the scene, Howell said.

Police quickly blocked off the street after they arrived. Howell spoke to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and other media at the scene. One adult white male had died after being shot, and another adult male who lived at the home had been detained.

“Upon preliminary investigation, they found that there was a struggle between two persons here,” Howell said. “At this time, we can’t release any names pending notification of family, but at this time the case is still under investigation.”

The shooting was being investigated Wednesday evening as a homicide, Howell said. What charges may be filed had not been determined. Police were still gathering evidence, and a firearm had been recovered.

Statements taken at the scene indicated that the men knew each other, Howell said.

“The altercation that occurred between the two men happened on the front porch,” he added. The shooter was inside the home when police arrived, and surrendered to the officers without incident.

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash came to Bee Street just before 5:30 p.m. After confirming that a fatal shooting had taken place, he said police were working to remove a bullet from the porch’s roof.

Howell said Wednesday evening that police were still taking statements.

The Princeton Fire Department and the Princeton Rescue Squad were also dispatched to the scene.