PARKERSBURG - An internal investigation by the Wood County Sheriff's Office found that the three deputies involved in last month's shooting death of 32-year-old Jody Wilson did not violate department policies.
The sheriff's office completed its internal investigation into the fatal shooting Tuesday, said Wood County Sheriff Jeff Sandy.
The deputies, who have been on administrative leave since the incident on March 18, will return to work today at 6 a.m, said Sandy. He did not release the names of the deputies.
"The names of the three deputies will not be released until the Wood County Prosecutor's Office and the West Virginia State Police complete their investigation," said Sandy.
The shooting remains under investigation by the state police and prosecutor's office, said Sandy.
An outside investigation is protocol after a shooting incident, he said.
Wilson was fatally shot by deputies on the morning of March 18 at his parents' home on Dyes Drive in Lubeck.
At approximately 9:45 p.m. March 17, officers with the Wood County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and West Virginia State Police responded to a 911 call in Lubeck about an individual possibly high on bath salts and armed. Officers arrived on the scene and began talking to the individual in a standoff that lasted late into the night, officials said.
Wilson allegedly disobeyed deputies' commands, exited the residence with a firearm and fired upon officers, police said. Wood County sheriff's deputies returned fire, fatally shooting Wilson.
No law enforcement officers were injured.
After the incident Sandy said the department would cooperate fully and supply the West Virginia State Police with all testimony, statements and evidence.
A Freedom of Information Act request from the Parkersburg News and Sentinel for a copy of the 911 call made in regard to the shooting was denied on March 23.
Wood County Prosecutor Jason Wharton, counsel for the Wood County Central Telecommunications Center, said the recording requested was exempted under West Virginia Code 24-6-13(a).
Wharton did not return phone calls seeking comment Tuesday night.