It was right at 9:30 p.m. that the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call about a shooting inside a home in White Oak Valley Mobile Home Park. The shooter was 65-year-old Larry Dillon, of Bluefield, who suffers from Dementia. According to officials, Dillon shot his wife, 63-year-old Sandra Dillon while at home with their grandchild. Sargeant Sommers who is investigating the case told us, “The child called her mother and from what the mother could understand from the child that Ms. Dillon needed help, so while they were coming from their home they called 911. They asked for an ambulance for an unknown medical reason, and that’s when EMS was dispatched and when Princeton Rescue Squad got on scene they found that Ms. Dillon had been shot.”
Law enforcement said it is still unclear what caused Dillon to shoot his wife, but say there is no history or sign of domestic violence.
One neighbor, who only lives a few doors down, told us the couple was well-liked. Nikki Lee, of Bluefield added, “Their good people and it was a sad situation. I send love and prayers to the family of both victims. They were always together, two love birds is what I said.”
As of right now, the Sheriff’s Office says they are treating this as a homicide, and although Dillon suffers from Alzheimers and Dementia, the West Virginia state code says causing the death of someone is considered murder. Sommers added, “The circumstances surrounding it will be evaluated by the court system, who will make that determination.”
Dillon has been transported to a psychiatric hospital in Huntington.