Probe continues in Spencer man’s death

SPENCER — A Roane County man was found deceased in a Spencer residence Friday evening when officers responded to a domestic dispute.

Daniel Payne was found deceased after two gunshots were fired from inside a residence, an official said.

According to Sgt. F.T. Hammack from the West Virginia State Police, a call came in 8:15 p.m. Friday to report a domestic dispute at 409 Center St. in Spencer.

Spencer Police Chief Ben Goodson said the dispute was between Payne and his “alleged” wife. After law enforcement arrived, the “alleged” wife and three teenagers were on the front porch of the residence, Goodson said.

Payne was yelling from inside the house, Goodson said, and a shot was fired. Law enforcement removed the “alleged” wife and children from the porch when they heard the second shot, Goodson said.

The house was blocked to ensure nobody could enter or leave the residence, Goodson said, and the surrounding roads were blocked.

“The only danger was he was in there by himself; (he was) not putting anybody else in imminent danger,” Goodson said.

At that point, the officers called for assistance. Members of law enforcement from several communities arrived on the scene.

“It was a mutual effort by several surrounding counties. We had the place surrounded so no one could get in or out and there would be no innocent bystanders walking by,” Goodson said.

A special response team was notified to assist in the situation, Goodson said. The team utilized a robot to get a response from Payne inside the residence.

“It kept trying to have our 9-11 center call his phone; there was no response,” Goodson said. “They decided to make an entry and they found him deceased.”

An investigation is ongoing, but according to Hammack, it is believed that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Goodson said the “alleged” wife told the officer Payne was the only person in the house.

The body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Hammack said Payne was a convicted felon and had several violations of the law.

Goodson said Payne was a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

“He made the statement that he didn’t want to go back to jail,” Goodson said.

Further information about Payne’s previous convictions was not available.


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