MOUNT HOPE, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Three males were found dead inside a home in an apparent double murder-suicide in the area of Price Hill in Mount Hope.
Sheriff Mike Fridley has released the following information.
At approximately 7:46 p.m. on September 5, 2023, deputies were dispatched to 366 Legends Highway to a possible shooting with the suspect still on scene threatening to commit suicide or have a shootout with police.
After gaining access to the home, police found 60-year-old James Shrader, 59-year-old Henry Shrader, and 24-year-old Jesse Dech, all deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.
Sheriff Fridley stated that the shooting is believed to have been a double murder-suicide committed by Dech.
Fridley further stated that the Chief Medical Officer would examine the bodies to determine the cause of death.
Deputies also procured a search warrant for Dech’s residents, where precursors and materials to make a pressure bomb were located.
Deputies were assisted by the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, the West Virginia State Police, the Oak Hill Police Department, and the Mount Hope Fire Department.
This incident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Detective’s Bureau.