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UPDATE: Man Fires Gun Inside Huntington Medical Building; Arrested Following Standoff

By: Carrie Cline Email
By: Carrie Cline Email

UPDATE 7/24/12 @ 7:50 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- What started out as an argument between a husband and wife at her job ended with a tense standoff at his home -- guns drawn on both sides.

Police say a lot of this stems from a domestic dispute beforehand. According to police, Jerry Blake and his wife had recently separated. Couple the depression of that and a gun, and police had an explosive situation on their hands.

The situation was so tense, our WSAZ.com photographer on the scene issued warnings to nearby neighbors watching the scene unfold.

“Get inside! He's got a gun,” our photographer said.

Jerry Blake was standing on his front porch with a rifle in hand, and no one knew what he was going to do.

“At one point, we were determining if SWAT would be needed,” Huntington Police Department Lt. John Williams said.

Police were surrounding the 43-year-old suspect's home along Cedar Street in Huntington's Walnut Hills community. They got the call after he first went to his wife's job at the Cabell Huntington 20th Street Professional Building.

“They apparently were recently separated," Williams said. "He went there to engage her in some type of dialogue and, at some point, ended up threatening her. That's when he pulled out a pistol and ended up discharging it in the altercation."

Seventeen minutes later, Blake was back home armed and angry.

“Jerry did something stupid. He came out and pointed a gun at police,” Bruce Adkins said.

Adkins lives across the street and calls Blake his best friend. He may also be the one credited with saving his life. He was over at Blake's home Monday and knew the rifle he was holding wouldn't fire.

“Luckily, I knew about that gun and said that gun's not loaded, don't shoot him and luckily they didn't shoot him,” Adkins said.

“Our day shift did a great job," Williams said. "They're seasoned veterans and did a great job showing restraint when he walked out onto the porch with a rifle."

Blake surrendered peacefully, but still had a little fight in him when he walked past our cameras.

“People do desperate things when they feel desperate,” Adkins said.

Adkins also said Tuesday was Blake's dead brother's birthday -- on top of him missing his wife and son who had recently moved out.

Blake is charged with two counts of wanton endangerment and one count of domestic assault. He was taken to the Western Regional Jail.



ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police say a man who walked into his estranged wife’s workplace and fired a loaded gun following a domestic dispute is now under arrest.

No one was hurt in the incident. It happened at Cabell Huntington Hospital's 20th Street Professional Building about 8:30 Tuesday morning.

Following the incident, the man went back to his house on Cedar Street, and after a 45 minute standoff with police -- he surrendered peacefully.

Cabell Huntington Hospital Spokesperson Charles Shoemaker says the incident took place in a second-floor office area and there were no patients present.

Police charged 43-year-old Jerry Blake with two counts of wanton endangerment and one count domestic assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Blake entered the area where his wife was working, threatened to shoot her and then fired one shot from a handgun nearly hitting her and a co-worker.

Then, at one point during the stand-off police say Blake came out on the porch of his house possessing a rifle. The criminal complaint says after several commands he finally put the rifle down and was arrested.

Blake was arraigned in Cabell County Magistrate Court late Tuesday morning and then taken to the Western Regional Jail.


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