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Man shot by cops charged with attempted murder

March 22, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Philadelphia man shot by a West Virginia state trooper this month is facing attempted murder charges.

Shimek Seabrook, 25, was being held Tuesday in the Eastern Regional Jail on $300,000 bond.

Seabrook, who was shot on March 13 as troopers investigated a possible drug deal at the Roberts Gardens apartment complex, was taken from City Hospital in Martinsburg Tuesday to Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Magistrate Sandra L. Miller arraigned Seabrook, who is charged with two counts each of attempted murder and wanton endangerment with a firearm.

Seabrook indicated in court papers that he will hire his own attorney. A preliminary hearing must be held within 10 days unless Seabrook waives his right to one.

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In a written complaint, police said Senior Trooper John Droppleman, who shot Seabrook twice, was at Roberts Gardens, north of Martinsburg, with Senior Troopers M.M. Kingery and T.C. Kearns the night of the incident.

State Police have used foot patrols at the three adjacent complexes - Roberts Gardens, Berkeley Gardens and Joshua Gardens - to counter drug trafficking and other crimes.

The complaint said Droppleman and Kearns were near building 310 at Berkeley Gardens while Kingery checked a playground area for drugs someone may have thrown there during a chase.

When Droppleman and Kearns heard two shots fired nearby, they ran toward the sound, the complaint said.

Droppleman reported seeing about four people standing together at the south end of the parking lot and a man later identified as Seabrook firing three or four rounds at them, according to allegations in the complaint. Police say a second person fired at least one shot, as well.

Droppleman said he yelled several times that he was a state trooper and for Seabrook to stop and drop his gun.

Police allege Seabrook instead turned his gun toward the troopers and fired once, then ran. Droppleman said he fired twice, missing both times.

Droppleman followed Seabrook into the laundry room of building 403 at Roberts Gardens. He alleged Seabrook tried to escape out a window.

As Droppleman entered and again told Seabrook to stop, Seabrook began to turn, police alleged. Droppleman fired twice more, hitting him in the left shoulder and the upper right leg.

The complaint alleges Seabrook tried to discard about two grams of what is believed to be heroin while he ran. Also, Seabrook had three grams of suspected marijuana in a pocket and one gram of cocaine in his right sock, the complaint said.

Seabrook was the second man to be shot by police in Berkeley County in three weeks.

The first was William Lee "Billy" Robinson, 30, of Martinsburg, who was shot once in the chest by city police officer John Sherman on Feb. 23.

Police have charged Robinson with breaking into the Martinsburg Housing Authority at Ambrose Towers, off Winchester Avenue, that night.

Sherman shot Robinson as he came at officers with a 3-foot metal bar, police allege.

Robinson is in the Eastern Regional Jail on $200,000 bond.

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