William “Billy” Waddell

William “Billy” Waddell, 28, was arrested at Ashland Central Park early Thursday morning on an outstanding warrant in connection to the shooting of Anthony Kessick, which occurred at the 270 block of Highlawn Avenue in Huntington, West Virginia on August 11. Waddell is currently lodged at the Boyd County Detention Center.

ASHLAND – Authorities said an Ironton man was arrested at Bruce Apartments in Ashland Thursday morning in connection with a shooting that occurred on August 11 in Huntington, West Virginia.

William “Billy” Waddell, 28, was arrested by the Ashland Police Department on an outstanding malicious wounding warrant in connection to the shooting of Anthony Kessick, according to the Huntington Police Department’s Facebook page. Kessick is still being treated for injuries sustained from the shooting according to police.

The search for Waddell began at Ashland Central Park after police received a report of a sighting of the man. Crabbe Elementary School was placed on lockdown while the park and area were searched as a precautionary measure, according to a press release from Ashland Police Department Chief Todd Kelley. The area was searched and Waddell was not located.

"Officers responded to other locations within Ashland where Waddell was suspected to have been since Sunday," said Kelley. "At approximately 8:45 a.m. Waddell was located by patrol units in the area of Bruce Apartments on the west side of Ashland, completely away from the school."

Kelley said that Waddell was taken into custody and a firearm was located on him.

Waddell was arrested by the Ashland Police Department as a fugitive from justice and lodged at the Boyd County Detention Center.

Waddell faces charges in Boyd County for leaving the scene of an accident with failure to render aid, operating on a suspended license, failure to maintain required insurance, and a failure to appear charge, according to the Boyd County Detention Center’s website.

Kelley said that the APD School Resource Officers remained with the school throughout the day to ensure there were no complications. 

The Boyd County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office said Waddell will face pending charges in Boyd County first before transferring to Huntington, West Virginia on the outstanding warrant charge.

The Ashland Police Department was assisted by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Coal Grove Police Department, and Huntington Police Department’s Violent Crime Unit.

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