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Attempted murder charges filed in W.Va.

August 27, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A warrant was issued Thursday charging a Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man with three counts of attempted first-degree murder in an incident in which up to 14 rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle were fired at deputies, according to court records.

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Jefferson County Magistrate Katherine Santucci issued the warrant for Bob Davis, but as of late Thursday, it had not been served on Davis, who remained hospitalized following the Wednesday morning incident, police said.

Davis was listed in fair condition at Jefferson memorial Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Teresa McCabe said.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies went to Davis' house early Wednesday after Davis' wife told police her husband was threatening suicide.

Shortly after deputies arrived at the house in Shannondale, a car stopped abruptly in front of the house and 12 to 14 rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle were fired at deputies, according to Sheriff William Senseney.

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The driver of the car then rammed his car into one of three sheriff's cruisers, Senseney said.

Deputies fired about 11 shots at the car, wounding Davis, 23, of Route 2.

Police initially believed Davis was shot once, in the side, but Thursday they said he may have been shot up to three times.

Davis was shot in the upper chest and it appears there is another bullet wound in the same area, said Chief Deputy Jesse Jones. It also is possible that a third bullet grazed the right side of Davis' chest, said Jones.

Jones could not offer a possible motive for Davis' actions.

Deputies shot Davis while he was sitting in his car, said Senseney. Despite being shot, Davis got out of the car and approached deputies, prompting Deputy Ward Sigler to use pepper spray on him, police alleged.

Deputies said it took three of them to tackle him.

Convicton on a charge of attempted first-degree murder carries a punishment of one to five years in prison.

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