Man arrested for domestic battery, strangulation


BUCKHANNON — One man is behind bars after officers responded to a 911 hang up call on Monday, July 12, 2022. Buckhannon Police Sergeant Marshall O’Connor was first on scene to the residence located on Fayette Avenue.

According to court documentation, it was noted that prior to the ended call, Upshur County Communications Center reported hearing someone breathing and yelling “Help me.” While en-route, Upshur County Communications Center made contact with a female victim, who advised the dispatcher that her boyfriend, later identified as 46-year-old Terry Lynn Pumphrey II, had allegedly assaulted her and that she had marks on her body as evidence.

The criminal complaint stated that upon arriving on scene, Sgt. O’Connor was met by the female caller. The officer noted seeing visible marks on the victim’s neck. When asked what had happened, the victim demonstrated Pumphrey’s actions. Based on the demonstration, Pumphrey had allegedly grabbed the victim’s neck and pushed her up against a wall. The victim explained to the officer that during this action, Pumphrey was shouting profane statements. The victim stated she told Pumphrey she could not breath, at which time he let go of her. The complaint also stated that the defendant allegedly struck the victim on the side of the head, hard enough to knock her hearing aid out of her ear.

According to other court documentation, it was noted that Pumphrey has two prior convictions in Upshur County Magistrate Court. The first was a domestic battery first offense with a guilty plea from May of 2019 and the second was a domestic battery second offense with a guilty plea from April of 2021. Both prior convictions involved the same victim.

Pumphrey is being now facing two felonies, one count Strangulation and one count Domestic Battery. The defendant is currently housed in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

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