Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 1, 2013

‘Amazed she was still alive’

BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BARTLEY — A McDowell County woman who had allegedly been beaten, shot and held against her will for two days by her husband, managed to call 911 Wednesday afternoon in time for McDowell County sheriff’s deputies to rescue her and arrest her husband.

Daren Eugene Wood, 48, of Bartley was being held Wednesday evening in the McDowell County Holding Unit awaiting arraignment at about 9 p.m., according to Sgt. James E. Muncy of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office. Wood is being charged with wanton endangerment, malicious wounding, domestic battery, domestic assault and brandishing according to Muncy.

The victim, a 44-year-old female whose name is being withheld, was able to use a telephone on Wednesday to contact authorities without her husband’s knowledge, according to a press release from Chief Deputy Roger E. Deel, of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office. She contacted emergency services at about 2:30 p.m., and deputies responded as soon as possible.

“I was amazed she was still alive when we got there,” Muncy said. The victim was transported to Welch Community Hospital where she was treated for a gunshot wound to her leg, as well as bruising to her face. “Her injuries are not life-threatening,” Muncy said.

According to the press release from Deel, deputies arriving at the residence in Bartley learned that, “Wood had shot and beat his wife approximately two days earlier and kept her against her will without medical treatment for two days.”

Muncy said that Wood’s arraignment was likely to be arraigned sometime after 9 p.m., Wednesday.

“We have responded to other incidents involving Mr. Wood in the past, but nothing that was domestic,” Muncy said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com