MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A preliminary investigation indicates that the son of a Monongalia County lawmaker unintentionally shot his sleeping father and then apparently committed suicide, Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said Monday.
Delegate Anthony Barill, D-Monongalia, was asleep early Saturday morning when a bullet went through the floor and the bed and hit him in the lower leg, Preston said in a news release.
Barill told police that his son, Bradley Barill, might have fired the shot, Preston said.
Anthony Barill was taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital. A hospital spokeswoman said Monday she had no information about him.
House Majority Whip Mike Caputo, D-Marion, told fellow delegates Monday he visited with Barill Saturday. Caputo said Barill has a "pretty good sized cast on his right leg" but he's recovering nicely from his wounds.
"Tony sends his love to each and every one of you," Caputo said.
Delegate Barbara Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, also went to the hospital Saturday to visit Barill.
Fleischauer's desk is next to Barill's on the House floor. She said she's known him a long time, including when he served as Monongalia County sheriff and magistrate, and she has a lot of respect for him.
She described Barill as "alert but sad" when she met with him Saturday.
"I can tell you this: he his really anxious to be back here. And he will be back," Fleischauer said.
Barill needs to undergo some physical therapy, but he hopes to return to the Legislature before the end of session in March, Caputo and Fleischauer said.
Members of the Morgantown Police Department's Special Response Team went to the Woodburn area home about 4 a.m. Saturday and found Bradley Barill, 57, inside with wounds that appeared to be self-inflicted. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Preston said.
The Morgantown address where Preston said the shooting occurred is the same as the address listed for Anthony Barill on the House of Delegates' website.
"It's important that we all send our well wishes and prayers to him and his family during this difficult time. On behalf of myself, my Vice Chairs and staff we wish him a quick recovery and offer our well wishes and condolences to his family," West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Larry Puccio said in a statement released over the weekend.
Anthony Barill was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2010. He is vice chairman of the Enrolled Bills Committee and serves on the Education, Political Subdivisions, Roads and Transportation and Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security committees.
"In a time such as this, political matters are set aside, as we all concentrate on supporting our friend and colleague and wishing him a speedy recovery," Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said in a statement released Saturday.
Preston said the police department typically does not issue news releases on suicides. He said the information was released because of media requests and because a public figure was injured.