Police say two fired shots before they intervened at complex

March 16, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man shot twice by a state trooper Monday night was one of at least two people firing guns at an apartment complex before police arrived, West Virginia State Police alleged.

Police released more information on Wednesday about the second shooting by an officer in the Martinsburg area in three weeks.

Shimek Seabrook, 25, who was shot once in the left shoulder and once in the upper right leg after a chase, is expected to recover, police said. He was first taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg, then flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.

A spokesman for Inova Fairfax Hospital said Wednesday that he was instructed not to divulge any information about Seabrook's condition or even to confirm that he's a patient there.

State Police Sgt. T.C. Krisik said Seabrook is "stable" and will be transferred to City Hospital within a few days.

Investigating what they said was a possible drug deal Monday night at Roberts Gardens off U.S. 11 north of Martinsburg, Senior Troopers T.C. Kearns and John Droppleman approached a parking lot, identified themselves and told Seabrook to freeze, according to Krisik.


Krisik alleged Seabrook shot at the troopers at least once.

Droppleman shot back twice, missing Seabrook, who ran across the parking lot and into building 403, Krisik said.

With Droppleman giving chase, Seabrook ran into a first-floor laundry room and began to climb out a sliding-glass window that exits near a perimeter road around the complex, Krisik said.

As Seabrook turned toward him, Droppleman shot twice more, hitting him both times, according to police. Krisik said Seabrook continued out the window, but made it only a few steps before he collapsed.

Krisik alleged Seabrook had heroin, cocaine and marijuana with him and was "dropping drugs as he ran."

He had two handguns, a 9 mm with the serial number filed off and a .25-caliber semi-automatic, Krisik alleged.

Seabrook is from Philadelphia, but was staying with his girlfriend at Berkeley Gardens, according to Krisik. Berkeley Gardens, Joshua Gardens and Roberts Gardens are together behind Berkeley Plaza.

Kearns had been on patrol at the complex, which local police say is a haven for illegal drugs. "That's the main drug place in the county," Krisik said.

When Kearns came upon what he thought was a drug deal, he called Droppleman for backup, Krisik said.

After the shooting, Droppleman was placed on administrative duties, a standard procedure, and was expected to return today, according to Krisik.

Police are still looking into what was taking place before the troopers arrived. Lt. J.K. Riffle said police have talked to about six witnesses and are interviewing others.

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