TUCKER COUNTY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – On September 4, 2023, at approximately 10:07 pm, Tucker 911 Communications dispatched a shooting complaint near the address of 9147 Appalachian Highway in Davis, WV.
A vehicle driven by 46-year-old Joseph M. Nelson of Dry Fork, WV, became involved in a road rage-type incident which led to the vehicles stopping in the roadway near 9147 Appalachian Highway. Joseph Nelson allegedly exited his vehicle with a pipe in hand along with his son who was also allegedly armed with a large adjustable wrench.
At that time, the occupant of a green Toyota Tacoma, fired one shot from within the cab of the Tacoma, striking Joseph Nelson in the chest. The driver of the green Toyota Tacoma then fled the scene. Sgt. Pyles was nearby when the call came out and began performing CPR upon arrival. Joesph Nelson succumbed to his injuries. The WVSP Crime Scene Team responded and processed the crime scene.
On Tuesday, September 5, 2023, Troopers received information identifying 41-year-old Daniel Lee Sanders of Tunnelton, WV as the suspect in the homicide that occurred in Tucker County on the day prior.
A warrant was obtained from Tucker County Magistrate Court, charging the suspect with second-degree murder. Sgt. J. A. McDougal received information indicating the suspect, Daniel Lee Sanders, was in the area of 22654 Mountaineer Drive, in Seneca Rocks, WV. The suspect had a camping/river lot, and it was believed he had fled to the alternate residence after the incident in Tucker County. Once it was confirmed the suspect was at that residence, a West Virginia State Police Special Response Team responded to the scene to possibly make entry. Shortly after arrival and before entry could be made, the suspect barricaded himself inside the residence. Units on the scene heard a gunshot from inside the residence.
Upon entry, the suspect was found deceased as a result of what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Troop “2” Crime Scene team was activated, responded to, and processed the scene.
This investigation remains active and ongoing.