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Falling Waters man charged with pointing gun at police officer

August 26, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged with pointing a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic pistol at a Martinsburg Police Department officer early Thursday turned himself in to police Friday after a felony warrant was issued for his arrest.

Jeffrey Allen Miller, 32, of 675 Broad Lane in Falling Waters, W.Va., was arraigned on one count of wanton endangerment by Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg, who set a $50,000 cash-only bond for Miller, according to magistrate court records.

On Thursday at 12:45 a.m., Sgt. Shannon Armel stopped a 1980 Cadillac DeVille in the 300 block of North Queen Street for driving erratically, police said.

Armel later was joined at the traffic stop by Patrolman Erin Gibbons, who chased after the driver when he took off on foot, police said.

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Gibbons ordered the driver to stop, but instead he turned and allegedly pointed a pistol at Gibbons, police said. Gibbons then used his taser on the accused, police said.

The man fell to the ground beside a Dumpster at Anthony's Pizza shop and Gibbons took cover behind a wood fence, according to a complaint that Armel filed with magistrate court.

When Gibbons took cover, the probes from the taser came out and the accused got to his feet and began running again, fleeing toward Commerce Street, Armel said. The man left the loaded handgun behind. It had 11 rounds in it, Armel said.

A K-9 later lost scent of the accused at an area between Commerce Street and North Maple Avenue, police said.

In the vehicle the man was driving, police found several 9 mm rounds laying on the floor, and Armel said he later learned that the accused did not have a concealed weapons permit and he also was driving with a suspended driver's license.

A Hagerstown man who was riding with the man in the vehicle was released after telling police that he only met him at a club that morning and was offered a ride home.

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