PARKERSBURG - An internal investigation has found that a Parkersburg Police officer was justified in the shooting of a Parkersburg man last week, the police chief said this morning.
Sgt. Jay Hart shot John Michael Sadler Jr., 19, 3204 25th St., Parkersburg, last week after Sadler allegedly aimed a shotgun at the officer. Sadler was charged Thursday, after his release from St. Joseph's Hospital, with wanton endangerment. He was arraigned in magistrarte court late Thursday night and released on $20,000 bond.
"The internal investigation found that Sgt. Hart was not in violation of any rules or regulations of the Parkersburg Police Department," Police Chief Gerald Board said. "Sgt. Hart acted with good faith and his actions were justified."
Chief Gerald Board, Sgt. Jay Hart
Also, an independent investigation by the Wood County Sheriff's Department and the Vienna Police Department has been completed, Board said.
Prosecutor Ginny Conley was presenting cases to the grand jury this morning and was not available for comment about the independent investigation into the shooting.
Detective Decker Moody laast week said Sadler called 911 and threatened to kill himself as well as any police officers who came to his home and that he had several weapons including a 7mm rifle capable of firing from a mile away and a large quantity of ammunition.
Moody said that as police arrived, two shots were heard fired inside the home. Only Sadler was home at the time, he said. Shortly after the call, several police officers, Parkersburg SWAT, police negotiators and emergency medical personnel were on scene where police established a perimeter outside the home, Moody said.
Moody said that officers spoke with Sadler on the phone in an attempt to diffuse the situation, but Sadler hung up the phone.
According to the criminal complaint, Sadler "exited his residence with a loaded shotgun, a loaded 7mm rifle and a large knife and began walking down the street to the area where Sgt. Jay Hart was maintaining a perimeter. Sgt. Hart ordered the defendant to put down his weapons at which time the defendant pointed the shotgun at Sgt. Hart in a firing position. Sgt. Hart, in fear for his life and in an attempt to protect others, fired his weapon, striking the defendant."
Moody said Hart fired two shots with a shotgun and wounded Sadler in the upper right torso.