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Shot, ransacking lead to arrest

July 14, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was arrested Wednesday after his ex-wife told police he kicked in her front door and held a gun to her head, police said.

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Douglas W. Barrett Jr., 21, was charged with felony wanton endangerment and four misdemeanors in Berkeley County Magistrate Court and released on $6,968 bond, according to court records.

West Virginia State Police went to a home near Valley View Acres Road in Inwood around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday after a 911 caller reported domestic violence involving a firearm, according to court records.

No one was in the home when police arrived, but troopers said they found a loaded 9mm automatic pistol under the front porch and a spent 9mm shell on the kitchen floor.

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Police also found a bullet-sized hole in the kitchen ceiling and extensive damage to the front door, some telephones and a large-screen television, police said.

Tina Marie Barrett arrived at the state police barracks in Martinsburg and told troopers her ex-husband had been staying with her at the home and had come home that night and kicked in the front door, police said.

Tina Barrett told police a gun was held to her head and her life threatened before a round was fired into the kitchen ceiling, according to court records.

Her television was broken, telephones torn from the wall and a threat made to burn down the home, police said.

Tina Barrett told police the man was at her mother's home in Gantt's Trailer Park on Cumbo Road.

Police later arrested Douglas Barrett there, according to court records.

Barrett was charged with felony wanton endangerment and misdemeanor charges of destruction of property, brandishing a weapon, domestic assault and shooting a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, according to court records.

Conviction on the wanton endangerment charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

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