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Volunteer firefighter who shot up firehouse after being let go killed in shootout with deputies

Two deputies wounded when warrant served at home in Cabell County, WV

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WSAZ-TV:

A Cabell County Sheriff’s deputy hurt in a shooting Wednesday night has been released from the hospital, Sheriff Chuck Zerkle said.

Cabell County Sheriff’s deputies Jared Cremeans and Jimmy Johnston were injured in a shooting Wednesday night in the Ona area. The suspect was killed. Deputy Jared Cremeans was discharged Friday from St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Cremeans and fellow Deputy Jimmy Johnston were shot while trying to serve a search warrant on suspect Michael Pinkerman II. Pinkerman was killed in the exchange of gunfire at the home along Blue Sulphur Road in the Ona area.

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Travis Crum, Gazette-Mail:

Sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday, someone fired 13 shots into the front bay doors of the Ona Volunteer Fire Department, which was closed at the time. The shooting damaged the bumper of a fire engine, shot out the transmission line of a tanker and struck the radiator of a rescue truck, Zerkle said.

Pinkerman was a member of the department until he was removed, Zerkle said. It’s believed Pinkerman shot up the fire station in retaliation for his removal, the sheriff said.

Deputies began investigating Pinkerman in connection with the fire station shooting after cameras outside the station captured a light-colored vehicle similar to Pinkerman’s at the time of the shooting. Firefighters also mentioned Pinkerman when they were asked if anyone possibly had a grudge against the department, Zerkle said.

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