Off-Duty Officer Accused of Holding Teens at Gunpoint

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) - A Kermit police officer faces charges for allegedly holding several teenagers at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Logan fast food restaurant.

Twenty-five-year-old Stanley Messer is charged with one count each of public intoxication and obstructing an officer and four counts of brandishing a weapon.

Logan Police Chief David White says Messer and a state trooper, both of whom were off-duty, were riding around in Messer's personal vehicle Saturday when Messer saw the five teens.

White says it's not clear what led Messer to pull out his weapon because the suspect invoked his Miranda right to remain silent.

Messer was arrested after Logan officers arrived at the scene in response to a report that a man was in the McDonald's parking lot with a gun.

White says he's been told that Messer has been fired but the Kermit police chief couldn't be reached to confirm that. A phone listing for Messer could not be located.

The trooper has not been charged.

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