Using Garden Tools for Other Purposes


Garden tools are meant to be used to clean up flower beds, not as weapons. A man from Upshur County was charged after he smacked another man with a garden hoe. Yes, you did read that correctly.

A deputy with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department responded to a home where McKinley Riffle had hit his victim over the head with the garden tool. The 27-year-old was spoken to by the officer and claimed that he had gotten mad at his victim and decided to hit him with the closest thing he could find. In this case, a garden hoe was the weapon of choice.

When the officer spoke to the victim, the stories didn’t add up. The victim claimed that he had been sitting outside, minding his own business, when Riffle “smacked him with a hoe.” When a family member of the victim had called 911, she told the comm center that he had been bleeding quite a lot. A criminal complaint was filed not long after regarding the incident.

The Rock Cave resident was charged with malicious wounding. Riffle is currently being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $30,000 cash-only bail. Maybe that will teach him a lesson for the future.


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