Man indicted in Cabell manhunt
HUNTINGTON — A man accused of leading Cabell County law enforcement on a nearly week-long manhunt in June after shooting two people and nearly shooting several more has been indicted by a grand jury.
Jeremy Dale Bartram, 30, was indicted by a Cabell County Grand Jury this month on one count of burglary, three counts of wanton endangerment, three counts of attempting to commit a felony (first-degree murder), one count of fleeing without a vehicle and one count of obstructing a police officer.
Police searched for Bartram from June 20-26 after he allegedly appeared at the home of his ex-girlfriend along Williamsburg Drive in Barboursville and started firing several rounds into her home, injuring three people.
Bartram shares a 5-year-old daughter with the ex-girlfriend, but the ex-girlfriend was not at the home at the time of the shooting.
Criminal complaints filed against Bartram state he fired three shots from the front of the Williamsburg Drive home into the window of the bedroom where Casey Emerick, 24, the brother of Bartram’s ex-girlfriend, was sleeping. Emerick was struck several times in the stomach.
When she heard the gunshots, Vicky Emerick, 58, the mother of Bartram’s ex-girlfriend, left her bedroom and entered the living room, where Bartram had broken the window and fired into the home, hitting Vicky Emerick in the shoulder.
A 7-year-old child was injured as he was sleeping in the living room when he was struck in the chest by shrapnel. Six other people were inside the home at the time, but were uninjured.
The burglary, attempt to commit a felony charges and two of the wanton endangerment charges stem from the June 20 events.
The first confirmed sighting of Bartram was June 25 when someone reported a man living in a tent behind the Pea Ridge Plaza Shopping Center in the 5600 block of U.S. 60 in Huntington, between Pinecrest Drive and Davis Creek Road. A shootout occurred between him and police before he eluded capture.
The criminal complaints charging Bartram with attempted murder allege he fired a semi-automatic pistol toward Barboursville Police Officer Bobby Minnix and Cabell County Sheriff’s Deputy Jared Cremeans at that time in the 5500 block of West Pea Ridge Road in Huntington before fleeing into a wooded area west of the location.
Instead of attempted murder, Bartram was indicted for wanton endangerment for shooting in the direction the officers.
The next day, police overtook the Barboursville Soccer complex, where they brought helicopters, K-9 units, boats, armed cars, drones and more to aid in the search.
The search ended at about 9 p.m. that day when officers received a phone call from Bartram’s father, stating his son had appeared at the home wanting to turn himself in. Police believe he was at the home for 8 to 10 hours before his capture.
He is currently jailed on a $1 million bond.
Reporter Megan Osborne contributed to this report.
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