W.Va. man charged in shooting

November 02, 1999|By JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man has been charged with the Monday night shooting of his brother-in-law following a dispute over rent, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

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Joseph G. Hendrickson, 25, of 902 N. Third St., was charged with malicious wounding and released on $2,500 bond, police said.

His brother-in-law, Christopher Custer, 28, of the same address, was listed in good condition at City Hospital on Tuesday after being shot in the chest, according to Martinsburg City Police and a hospital spokeswoman.

Custer's sister, Holly Hendrickson, 23, was talking to Custer Monday night about paying more on his weekly rent when Custer allegedly pushed his sister, knocking her to the floor at least twice, court records state.


Hearing the fight, Holly Hendrickson's husband, Joseph, went downstairs into the living room and argued with Custer, police alleged.

Then Custer was shot, police alleged.

A police investigator said he did not know if the couple's 2-year-old daughter was home at the time.

According to court records, Hendrickson told police he feared for his and his wife's safety.

"I'm sorry it ever happened. I wish it had never come to this," Joseph Hendrickson said when reached Tuesday by telephone at his father's Hagerstown home.

"I'm just too afraid to go home right now," said Hendrickson, declining further comment.

Police recovered a .22-caliber rifle at the home. According to court records, Hendrickson possessed a .22-caliber Magtech Model 7022 rifle.

When police arrived at the North Third Street house around 10 p.m., they found Joseph Hendrickson "highly upset (and) screaming" on the small porch roof on the north side of the home, court records state.

Custer was taken to City Hospital in a private automobile, court records state.

Police and court records stated that Custer and the Hendricksons live at 902 N. Third St., but rental income was not listed on Joseph Hendrickson's eligibility application for a public defender.

If convicted on the charge, Hendrickson could face two to 10 years in prison, court records state.

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