MASON COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA – A Mason County sheriff’s deputy was shot in the line of duty early Sunday morning, according to West Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Rodney Miller.

It happened around 4:15 a.m. at a home along the 1300 block of Whitten Ridge Road, according to emergency officials.

Investigators say there had been a call that an 81-year-old man shot his caretaker, a female. When deputies entered the home, a deputy was shot in the face.

The deputy was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital and then later transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. His name or condition has not been released.

The investigation is now being handled by West Virginia State Police. State police said they did not have the name of the suspect involved in the shooting ready for release, as of Sunday afternoon.

Law Enforcement Today has learned the identify of the officer, but until the agency releases it publicly, we will not be releasing it out of respect for the officer and his family.

We’re also learning more tonight about a separate shooting in Southern California that happened Saturday.

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Police: Sheriff's deputy shot in the face by 81-year old man who also shot his caretaker



Police are now telling us that at least three people are dead after a woman barricaded herself inside an Ontario house early Saturday morning.

They said Ontario police responded to a domestic violence call early Saturday morning.  That’s when they found a man, the woman’s husband, in the doorway of a home on F Street.

“The male subject was behind the screen door when they [police] encountered him,” said Sgt. Bill Russell. “As he was stepping out of the way an officer involved shooting occurred.”