Man charged in Friday shooting

NEW MATAMORAS – An Ohio man was in custody Saturday after allegedly shooting his mother and stepfather Friday evening during a Fourth of July celebration in Grandview Township, near New Matamoras.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Andrew Denavich, 26, of Parma, Ohio, was arrested on four counts of felonious assault and was being held in the Washington County Jail in lieu of bond pending an appearance Monday in Marietta Municipal Court.

Denavich is charged with shooting his mother, Phyllis Huntsman, and his stepfather, Dale Huntsman, with a shotgun Friday evening. Mincks said Phyllis Huntsman was listed Saturday in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown with life-threatening injuries.

Dale Huntsman was in stable condition Saturday at Marietta Memorial Hospital, according to a hospital spokesman.

In an affidavit of facts released Saturday by Mincks, authorities reported being called Friday evening to a location near the intersection of Brownsville Road and Pryor Glass Road, near New Matamoras, in response to two subjects reportedly being shot.

Upon arrival, officers took Denavich into custody and also rendered aid to Phyllis Huntsman for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Dale Huntsman had escaped to the Par Mar in New Matamoras to call for help but he also suffered gunshot wounds, the affidavit reported.

The property had a small metal garage type building apparently used for recreational purposes. Officers at the scene located a 12 gauge shotgun, spent shell casings, numerous locations of blood spatter and bullet holes.

The affidavit stated Denavich told authorities he had obtained a white powder form of a street drug in his hometown of Parma. He said he didn’t know exactly what the drug was but the person he got it from told him it would make him hallucinate.

Denavich allegedly said he snorted the powder at one point Friday evening, before saying the other people at the gathering were “messing” with him and he became a little angry and confused. He stated he had fired a 12 gauge shotgun at a target earlier in the evening, got the shotgun and fired it, striking his mother.

Witnesses said he fired the gun three times, the affidavit said.