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W.Va. man charged in shootout with police

February 03, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., man charged with firing at police several times with an AK-47 assault rifle and ramming a cruiser last summer was indicted Thursday, according to court records.

Bobby Davis, of Route 2, was indicted on three counts of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, three counts of shooting at another person in a place of public resort and three counts of assault on a police officer, according to Jefferson County Circuit Court records.

The indictment was handed up by a Jefferson County grand jury this week.

Davis is expected to be arraigned on the charges Monday morning, court officials said.

Police went to Davis' house last August after receiving a call from a woman who said her husband was considering suicide, said Sheriff William Senseney.

When deputies arrived at Davis' house in Shannondale, they noticed headlights from a car that was approaching the house.

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Police are not sure if the driver got out of the car, but 12 to 14 rounds from an AK-47 were fired in the direction of the deputies, Senseney said.

The man then rammed his car into a sheriff's department cruiser, causing his assault rifle to lodge in the front windshield of his car, Senseney said.

As the man was trying to pull the rifle out of the windshield, two deputies fired at Davis, Senseney said.

After being shot, Davis got out of his car and approached one of the deputies, who used pepper spray on him. The three deputies then tackled Davis, Senseney said.

Davis was shot two or three times. Police were unsure how many bullets struck him because of the nature and positioning of the wounds.

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