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Man shot by cops charged with robbery

April 20, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An armed robbery charge has been filed against a Philadelphia man already facing two counts of attempted murder.

West Virginia State Police on Wednesday charged Shimek Seabrook, 25, with being one of two men who entered an apartment at Berkeley Gardens on Oct. 11, 1999, pointed a gun at a family inside and stole $800, according to a criminal complaint filed against him. One of the two robbers allegedly took a knife from the kitchen.

He was being held Thursday night in Eastern Regional Jail on bond that has been increased to $350,000.

Police allege that on April 5 one of the victims identified Seabrook from a photo lineup as "the shorter of his two assailants."

Seabrook was shot twice by West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper John Droppleman on March 13 at the Berkeley Gardens apartment complex, according to police.

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Droppleman and Senior Trooper T.C. Kearns were at Roberts Gardens, an adjacent complex, investigating a possible drug deal when they heard gunshots, Droppleman testified at an April 11 preliminary hearing on the attempted murder charges.

Droppleman testified Seabrook fired at the troopers and ran, prompting him to chase Seabrook into a laundry room and shoot him as he was escaping through a window.

Berkeley County Magistrate Joan Bragg found probable cause to charge Seabrook and ordered his case to be held over for a grand jury to consider.

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