Man shot by police is charged

June 20, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who was shot by state police Friday night was charged with drunken driving and malicious wounding after police said he hit a state trooper with his truck while trying to avoid a sobriety checkpoint.

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Andrew Jackson Way, 44, of Martinsburg, was charged with three counts of attempted malicious assault, third-offense driving while under the influence, fleeing while driving under the influence and possession of a stolen vehicle, police said.

Way, who was shot in the shoulder and the abdomen, was listed in serious condition Sunday at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va., according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The shooting appears to have been justified, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said.

Games-Neely said state police are conducting an internal investigation of the shooting, which she said is standard procedure for any police-involved shooting incident.


Police said Trooper E. Anderson shot the man after he hit another trooper with a stolen 1994 GMC truck while trying to evade a sobriety checkpoint that had been set up on U.S. 11 south of Martinsburg.

Troopers tried to stop the man on a private road leading into an industrial park, but the man made a U-turn and avoided police roadblocks and headed northbound on U.S. 11.

The truck stalled off Airport Road after the man lost control and ran off the roadway, police said.

The driver was trying to restart the truck when two troopers approached him with their guns drawn and ordered him out of the truck, police said.

The man got the truck started and drove forward, hitting Trooper K. Plummer and a state police car, police said.

Anderson shot the driver twice and was then dragged by the truck until another trooper fired into the truck, police said.

Troopers followed the truck for about a mile, the chase ending when the wounded driver pulled off the roadway and stopped.

The driver of the truck was taken to Martinsburg City Hospital and transferred to INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

Plummer was treated at Martinsburg City Hospital for injuries to his left hand and arm, police said.

Police said the truck the man was driving had been reported stolen to the Berkeley Springs Police Department on June 9.

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