Timothy Paul Hager

Timothy Paul Hager

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man faces up to 40 years in prison after being charged with second-degree murder after a shooting involving an AK-47 was reported Thursday night at a Stoney Ridge Road home near Bluefield.

Timothy Paul Hager, 22, of Bluefield was arraigned Friday before Magistrate William F. Holroyd on a felony charge of second-degree murder in the death of Joshua Rasnick. After informing Hager of his rights, Holroyd set a $50,000 cash-only bond.

The case started when deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to Stoney Ridge Road after a shooting was reported, according to a report filed by Detective Sgt. S.A. Summers with the sheriff’s department.

Upon arrival, deputies located a female individual who said she was the person who called 911 and said that Hager had shot her boyfriend, Joshua Rasnick. Deputies found Ransack near the home’s front door “deceased from several gunshot wounds,” Sommers said.

The girlfriend told investigators that while she was inside the residence, Hager and Rasnick had an argument and as Rasnick was walking towards the front door, he was shot “with what she believed to be a rifle,” Sommers said in his report.  After the shooting, she ran out the front door to a neighboring home and called 911.

A search warrant was executed at 1277 Stoney Ridge Road, Sommers said. Six spent shell casings were found near the victim and two rounds were found on the kitchen floor.

“An AK-47 semiautomatic rifle was found outside, behind the residence, with a 30-round magazine loaded with 18 rounds of 7.62x39, identical in caliber to those found inside the residence,” Sommers stated.

Troopers with the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment arrived to search the woods along with Deputy J.A. Conner and his K-9 dog Buster. When Hager was sighted, he “started to sprint from our location in an attempt to elude capture. We began chasing Mr. Hager, telling him multiple times to stop and lay on the ground. He continually refused and continued to run,” Sommers stated.

Sommers said when Hager was apprehended and handcuffed, he continued to kick and punch at him and the troopers before complying.

Hager also faces misdemeanor charges of battery on an officer, obstruction and fleeing on foot. Holroyd set a $3,000 cash-only bond on those charges.

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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