NEW INFO: Boone Prosecutor to Take Over Charleston Standoff Case

By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter, Steffany Hiett Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Anna Baxter, Steffany Hiett Email
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UPDATE9/24/13 @ 12:00 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The Boone County prosecutor's office will handle the case of a Kanawha County man accused of attempted murder and firing random shots during a standoff.

West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute executive director Philip Morrison said Tuesday the office of Boone County Prosecutor Keith Randolph will represent the state in Mark Bramble's case.

The Kanawha County prosecutor's office stepped down from the case because Prosecutor Mark Plants lives in the same Charleston neighborhood as Bramble.

Police have said Bramble appeared to be firing at random in the neighborhood before shooting himself on Aug. 12. Police say 48 shots were fired during the standoff.

A judge ordered Bramble to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Bramble had resigned as a lawyer in the state Attorney General's Office days before the shooting.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Charleston attorney accused of firing more than 40 shots from his home in South Hills during a standoff will undergo a mental evaluation.

Mark Bramble appeared in court Friday where his attorney asked for him to be sent to Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital for a mental evaluation. The judge granted the motion.

During the same hearing, the judge also approved a motion filed by Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants to remove himself from the case. A special prosecutor will be brought in from another county to work on the case. A special prosecutor has not been named yet.

Plants says the law is clear and he has to step away from the case since he lives in the same neighborhood as Bramble and was home when the incident took place.

Bramble's bond will remain at $200,000.

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UPDATE 8/29/13 @ 12:25 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Plants filed a motion Thursday morning to take himself off the case involving a standoff in Charleston.

Police say attorney Mark Bramble fired more than 40 shots from his home in South Hills earlier this month, even shooting at officers.

Plants is Bramble's neighbor, and was home at the time of the standoff.

He says the law is clear and he has to step away from the case.

A special prosecutor from another county will be picked to take over.

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UPDATE 8/28/13 @ 12:25 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A special prosecutor may be the one who prosecutes a Charleston attorney who is charged in a police standoff that unfolded in a prominent neighborhood in Charleston.

Mark Bramble is charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment after the incident last month at Sherwood Forest. Police say Bramble fired multiple weapons during the standoff and even shot at police.

Bramble's attorney has filed a motion for Kanawha County Prosecutor Mark Plants to voluntarily recuse himself from the case since he lives in the neighborhood where the incident took place. According to court records, Bramble's attorney believes Plants has personal interests in the case since he lives in the neighborhood where the incident happened.

Plants says this is the first time this has happened to him since he was elected as prosecutor. His office is currently determining what the law is to decide whether or not he should recuse himself from the case.

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UPDATE 8/14/13 @ 4:54 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man accused of opening fire on police in the South Hills area appeared Wednesday in Kanawha County Magistrate Court for his arraignment.

Mark Bramble was arraigned on charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment.

Charleston Police say Bramble started firing a gun from inside his home about 9:30 a.m. Monday along Cornwall Lane in South Hills.

When officers arrived on scene, Chief Brent Webster says Bramble intentionally started shooting at police. Police believed he was firing multiple weapons, including a long-range rifle during the incident.

Bramble was sent to the hospital after receiving what police believe were self-inflicted injuries to his head.

Bramble was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon and sent to jail after his arraignment.



UPDATE 8/14/13 @ 9:45 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police have filed warrants for shooting and standoff suspect Mark Bramble.

Charleston Police say Attorney Mark Bramble started firing a gun from inside his home about 9:30 a.m. Monday on Cornwall Lane in South Hills.

When officers arrived on scene, Chief Brent Webster says Bramble intentionally started shooting at police. Police believed he was firing multiple weapons, including a long-range rifle during the incident.

Bramble is currently in the hospital after receiving what police believe are self inflicted injuries to his head.

Once he is released, Bramble will be charged with wanton endangerment and attempted murder, police say.

Bramble is in stable condition, police aren't sure how long he will need to stay in the hospital.

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UPDATE 8/12/13 @ 11:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors and friends of suspected gunman Mark Bramble say the prominent attorney was troubled shortly before Monday’s shooting.

Next door neighbor Bhupinder Gill said Sunday afternoon he found Bramble’s wife outside crying.

Officers responded to calls of gunfire Monday morning after Bramble’s wife called police. When officers arrived, police say Bramble fired multiple rounds with several weapons pointed at police.

The standoff lasted three hours.

“She was scared and she didn't understand what was going on,” Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said about Bramble’s wife.

During a news conference Monday, Webster said Bramble’s wife believed Bramble may have been hallucinating before the shooting took place.

“She didn't really understand it. He made some comments that someone was coming to get him,” Webster said.

“I never expected that this could happen with my next-door neighbor,” Gill said.

Bramble is a prominent attorney in Charleston. He worked at the Charleston firm formerly called Kesner, Kesner and Bramble since 1996. He became partner before joining the Attorney General's Office in June 2012.

On Thursday, Bramble had turned in his letter of resignation with the Attorney General's Office. Sources tell WSAZ.com the letter was just a few lines long and didn't explain why he wanted to leave.

Bramble was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center’s General Hospital for surgery after the shooting. Police tell WSAZ.com his head injuries appear to be self inflicted.

No one else was hurt in the incident.

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UPDATE 8/12/13 @ 2:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An attorney in Charleston is in surgery after a police standoff unfolded in a prominent neighborhood.

Charleston Police say Attorney Mark Bramble started firing a gun from inside his home about 9:30 a.m. Monday. When officers arrived on scene, Chief Brent Webster says Bramble intentionally started shooting at police. Police believed he was firing multiple weapons, including a long-range rifle during the incident.

Bramble's wife told police she didn't believe he wanted to hurt her when he started shooting. His wife also told police Bramble was having hallucinations and told her people were chasing him before he started firing the gun, according to Chief Webster.

At a news conference Monday, Chief Webster said Bramble suffered a head injury that appears to be self inflicted. As of 2:30 p.m., Bramble was in surgery at CAMC General.

Chief Webster says officers returned fire. Before police went into the home, a robot was sent inside where it located Bramble lying on the floor.

Bramble's wife is the one who initially called 911. During that call, 911 dispatchers heard several rounds of gunfire, according to Chief Webster.

Webster says Bramble's wife wasn't sure what caused him to start firing the gun.

However, sources tell WSAZ.com Bramble had personal issues and had stopped taking his medication.

Bramble is an employee of the Attorney General's Office. He was hired last year, but on Thursday he turned in his resignation effective Aug. 30.

"I am deeply saddened by the reports about one of the attorneys in the Workers Compensation Division of the Attorney General's Office allegedly being involved in a shooting incident in Charleston earlier today," Morrisey said in a release. "We are relieved that no one in his family or neighborhood was injured and that all members of the law enforcement community are safe."

A spokesperson with the Attorney General's Office says Bramble's resignation letter was only a few lines and was very simple. The resignation letter didn't give a reason as to why he was leaving the office.

The standoff lasted nearly three hours before Bramble was taken into police custody. During that time, people who lived near the home were asked to stay inside. Kenna Elementary was also put on lockdown as a precaution.

Bramble's wife was not hurt during the incident. She was able to safely leave the home just minutes after police arrived on scene.

Chief Webster says Bramble is seriously hurt, but he's expected to survive.

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UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Attorney General Patrick Morrisey confirms the suspect in a standoff that put a prominent Charleston neighborhood on lock down is Attorney Mark Bramble.

Police say the suspect was firing a gun from inside a home about 9:30 a.m. Monday and when officers got on scene he started shooting at them. Police believed he was using a long range rifle during the incident.

According to a statement, Morrisey says Bramble was hired by the Attorney General's Office last year, but on Thursday he turned in his resignation effective August 30.

A spokesperson with the Attorney General's Office says Bramble's resignation letter was only a few lines and was very simple. The resignation letter didn't give a reason as to why he was leaving the office.

"I am deeply saddened by the reports about one of the attorneys in the Workers Compensation Division of the Attorney General’s Office allegedly being involved in a shooting incident in Charleston earlier today," Morrisey said in a release. "We are relieved that no one in his family or neighborhood was injured and that all members of the law enforcement community are safe.

The standoff lasted nearly three hours, before he was taken into custody. Bramble was taken to the hospital, his injuries are unknown at this time.

During the standoff, officers took the Bramble's wife to safety, according to our crews at the scene.

An official source tells WSAZ.com Bramble had personal issues and had stopped taking his medication.

Charleston Police have scheduled a 2:30 p.m. news conference to release more information about the incident.

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UPDATE
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A standoff with police that shut down a prominent Charleston neighborhood has ended.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com the suspect is now in custody and was taken to the hospital.

The incident was reported about 9:30 a.m. at a home on Cornwall Lane.

Kanawha County 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the man was firing a gun from inside a home along Cornwall Lane. Dispatchers also say when police got on scene the man started shooting at officers from inside home. Investigators say the man had a long range rifle.

Investigators immediately shut down Sherwood Forest just off Corridor G about 9:30 a.m. People who lived nearby were asked to stay inside their homes as a precaution.

Our crew on the scene reported officers took the man's wife to safety shortly after they arrived at the home.

An official source tells WSAZ.com the suspect had personal issues and had stopped taking his medication.

A SWAT Team with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department was also on scene, along with a hostage negotiator. The standoff lasted nearly three hours before it ended just before noon.

The principal at Kenna Elementary says she decided to put the school under lock down as a precaution. She says class schedules remained normal, but the children were not be allowed outside.

Sherwood Forest off Corridor G is now open to traffic.

Charleston Police are expected to release more information at a news conference scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Monday.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police are investigating an incident where a man has fired a gun in a South Hills neighborhood.

The incident was reported about 9:30 a.m. at a home on Cornwall Lane.

Kanawha County 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com a man is firing a gun from inside a home along Cornwall Lane.

Dispatchers also confirm when police got on scene the man started shooting at officers from inside home.

Investigators have shut down Sherwood Forest just off Corridor G.

Kanawha County Emergency Management is asking people who live nearby to stay inside their homes.

Crews at the scene tell WSAZ.com a SWAT Team with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is now on scene, along with a hostage negotiator.

Our crew on the scene reports officers have taken the man's wife to safety.

The principal at Kenna Elementary tells WSAZ.com she has decided as a precaution to put the school under lock down. She says class schedules remain normal, but the children will not be allowed outside.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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