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Man shot by police recovering

March 20, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Philadelphia man is back at City Hospital, one week after he was shot by a West Virginia state trooper.

Shimek Seabrook, 25, was listed in good condition Sunday.

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After the shooting, which occurred last Monday night at Roberts Gardens apartments, Seabrook was brought to City Hospital. From there, he was transferred to the trauma center at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.

On Friday, Seabrook returned to City Hospital, where police are guarding his room.

State Police Sgt. T.C. Krisik said Sunday afternoon that Seabrook is recuperating and is able to talk, but police hadn't interviewed him yet.

Seabrook will probably be released from the hospital "in a couple of days," Krisik said. Police have not yet charged him with a crime.

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Senior Trooper John Droppleman, who shot Seabrook once in the left shoulder and once in the upper right leg after a chase, is back on duty.

Droppleman was initially placed on administrative duty as police reviewed the shooting. Krisik said a final report has not been written, but police have apparently decided that Droppleman was justified in firing at Seabrook.

Droppleman and Senior Trooper T.C. Kearns were at Roberts Gardens, off U.S. 11 behind Berkeley Plaza, last Monday when Kearns noticed what he thought was a drug deal under way, police said.

As Kearns and Droppleman approached the people involved, two men began firing shots, although not at the troopers, according to Krisik.

When the troopers identified themselves and told Seabrook to freeze, he fired at least once at them, then ran, police alleged. Droppleman fired back at him twice.

Seabrook crossed the parking lot and went into a building at the complex, police alleged. Droppleman followed him into a laundry room and shot Seabrook twice as he tried to climb through a window, police said.

Police allege that Seabrook was in possession of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as two handguns.

The other man shot by local police in the last four weeks - William Lee "Billy" Robinson, 30, of Martinsburg - is also at City Hospital. He was also listed in good condition Sunday.

Robinson was shot once in the chest on Feb. 23 by Martinsburg City Police Officer John Sherman, who was investigating a break-in at the Housing Authority at Ambrose Towers, off Winchester Avenue.

Police allege that Robinson ignored officers' demands to put down a 3-foot metal bar.

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