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Man Previously Sought In Mason County Manhunt Arrested

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 7, 2014 11:55 AM EDT
West Virginia Regional Jail Photo
West Virginia Regional Jail Photo

Ashton , Mason County , West Virginia

Mason County sheriff’s deputies say they have apprehended a suspect who was sought in a large manhunt in the county.

Jonathan Jeffers was found Monday inside a trailer on Shad Lane in Ashton and was placed under arrest and taken to the Western Regional Jail, according to a news release from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeffers was wanted on felony and misdemeanor warrants and had been sought during a search that involved a helicopter and several law enforcement agencies. During the search for the suspect, State Police had to shoot a dog that troopers said charged at officers. The shooting of the dog prompted a strong reaction on social media, and State Police released a statement saying that troopers responded appropriately and had no other choice but to take action.

Deputies said while attempting to apprehend Jeffers, two marijuana plants were found on the back of the property. They said Rex D. Cupp, the owner of the residence, also was placed under arrest for a capias warrant and a charge of manufacturing a controlled substance. Cupp was transported to the Western Regional Jail.



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