|Charleston West Virginia||
Saturday April 10, 1993
Services For Trooper
Set at Ritchie School
HARRISVILLE - A funeral service has been scheduled Monday at Ritchie County High School for a West Virginia state trooper shot to death while responding to a dispute between two neighbors. Flags flew at half-staff across the state Friday in memory of Trooper Larry G. Hacker, 34, of Harrisville.
Hacker died shortly after midnight Thursday, two hours after he was shot in a hollow near Pullman.
Dennis Ferguson, 67, of Pullman was charged with
first-degree murder and remained in the county jail today without bond.
"I guess he just had a problem with his neighbors," Burwell said. "I think he just lost it. He wanted to be the sole owner of that tract."
Ferguson was arrested in woods near his home about
midnight Thursday, two hours after the
State Medical Examiner Dr. Irvin Sopher said Hacker
died of internal injures from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Langford, who lives about a mile beyond Ferguson's home, was returning from feeding cattle at his parents' home when he encountered Ferguson. Ferguson was unarmed, he said.
"He was irrational, accusing someone four or five
years ago of killing one of his cats," said Langford, a guidance
counselor at Ritchie County High School. "I asked him to move his
truck and he said he'd move it when he was good and ready."
"I heard someone yell, 'We've got an officer down,'" Langford said. " I got off the tractor and got behind a wheel because I had no idea where the shooting was coming from."
Gov. Gaston Caperton ordered all state buildings to fly their flags at half-staff Friday. A moment of silence was observed in the House of Delegates.