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W.Va. youth sought in accidental shooting is captured

June 26, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 16-year-old Martinsburg boy sought in connection with the accidental shooting of a 14-year-old girl on Tablers Station Road last week was captured in a Martinsburg church Wednesday, police said.

Martinsburg City Police, West Virginia State Police and juvenile probation officers began searching the King Street, Lousiana Avenue and Alabama Avenue areas about 3:30 p.m. when City Police Chief Wayne Cleveland spotted the boy in the area, police said.

At one point, Cleveland was chasing the boy on foot, police said.

Cleveland later spotted the boy hiding inside the Westview Baptist Church on South Louisiana Avenue, according to Martinsburg Police.

"After 27 years in police work, I haven't lost my instincts. I just knew he was still hiding close by," said Cleveland.

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The boy, who is not being identified because of his age, was arrested without incident and was placed in the Eastern Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Martinsburg, according to Lt. Rick Swartwood.

No charges have been filed against the boy, although he was wanted on an outstanding incarceration order from Berkeley County Juvenile Court, city police said.

Both the boy and the injured girl were runaways, police said.

The girl told police her boyfriend accidentally shot her in the knee with a 9mm handgun while the two were looking at the gun in a house about a half mile west of Interstate 81 on Tablers Station Road.

After she was shot, the girl walked to the edge of Tablers Station Road, where she was met by rescue crews.

The girl told police her boyfriend left the area on foot.

The girl was taken to City Hospital near Martinsburg, but her injuries were not life threatening, police said.

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