Deputy testifies to what was found at the scene of his death
Weston County Sheriff’s Sergeant Pat Watsabaugh had already finished his shift when he overheard dispatch sending two other deputies to a property south of Newcastle in response to a report of a male who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the head on June 24, 2015— the day 60-year old Richard Campbell died.
At a Coroner’s Inquest held last month to determine the cause and manner of Campbell’s death, Watsabaugh testified that, although he was off work, he responded to the scene, a property with multiple residences that share a common entrance and an overgrown driveway 11 miles south of town on Old Highway 85. The property, which included both a circular structure and a single-wide trailer, is owned by Caroline Scoutt. Campbell lived in the trailer, and the circular building is Scoutt’s home.
As he drove down the driveway, Watsabaugh came upon the circular structure that Scoutt lives in, and observed fellow Deputy Dan Fields leaving the residence. Fields informed the other officers at the scene that the call had been made in reference to the other home on the property, and the officers made their way to the single wide trailer occupied by Campbell.