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Two charged with obstructing shooting investigation

J. Watson

ELKINS — Two Elkins residents have been arrested by the West Virginia State Police for allegedly obstructing the investigation into the shooting of an Elkins Police Department officer.

Matraca Dawn Watson, 20, and Jeremy Andrew Watson, 25, both of Henry Avenue, were each charged with misdemeanor counts of providing false information and obstructing an officer. Bond was set at $500 each.

According to the criminal complaint, prepared by Sgt. C.D. Siler of the WVSP, he was assisting in investigating the shooting of Senior Patrolman Daniel Sayre on March 26, when he received information that Matraca Watson had a video of the incident. Siler went to her home and asked, but she said she did not have a video and had been asleep during the incident.

Jeremy Watson, her brother, then told Siler that she had been asleep and they did not have the video, the complaint states. Siler left the home and “went back to the alley where the incident occurred.” Then “an unknown gentleman showed Sgt. Siler the video… (which) clearly showed that it came from” the Watsons’ residence.

Siler went back to the home and asked to see Matraca Watson’s cellphone and she “attempted to secure the phone and walk away,” according to the complaint. Siler “detained” her and demanded the phone. At that point, Jeremy Watson allegedly tried to “stop Sgt. Siler by getting in the way” and raising his voice to the officer.

M. Watson

Matraca Watson allegedly admitted she had a video but had been afraid to tell Siler, the complaint states.

The Elkins Police Department is conducting an internal review regarding the use of force in the arrest of the suspect in Sayre’s shooting, it was announced Monday.

A video that appears to show an officer striking the suspect after the shooting is currently circulating on social media.

“We are aware of the video,” Elkins Police Chief Travis Bennett told The Inter-Mountain in an email Monday. “Under Elkins Police Department policy, any use of force by officers triggers an internal review.

“We can’t comment on any officer’s use of force during the events surrounding the shooting of Senior Patrolman (Daniel) Sayre while that review is ongoing.”

Sayre, 25, was shot at about 7:30 p.m. March 26 and was transported by helicopter to Morgantown. He returned to Elkins the next day after being treated for gunshot wounds to the calf and the shoulder.

Jerry Lee Isner II, of Second Street, Elkins, has been charged with attempted first degree murder and malicious assault on a police officer. Bond was set at $250,000 cash by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.

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