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Man armed with shotgun subdued by W.Va. trooper

November 11, 2009

FALLING WATERS, W.Va. -- A man armed with a 20-gauge shotgun was taken into custody Tuesday evening following a confrontation with police near the home of his estranged wife, West Virginia State Police said in a news release.

Steven Eugene Rhoe, 37, of Falling Waters, was charged with attempted arson, wanton endangerment, fleeing on foot, brandishing, obstructing a police officer and domestic assault, the release said.

Rhoe was taken to the Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg, W.Va., where he was awaiting arraignment, the release said.

At about 7:10 p.m., Senior Trooper N.K. Campbell and Senior Trooper J.R. Barker of the Martinsburg Detachment responded to Sour Lane in Falling Waters for the report of a man who was threatening to burn his estranged wife's home, according to the release.

Campbell saw a man run into the residence. As Campbell approached the front of the residence, the man appeared at the front door armed with a 20-gauge shotgun, the release said.

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The man failed to comply with Campbell's orders to drop his weapon, and headed for a trailer to the side and rear of the residence. As the man tried to enter the trailer, Campbell pepper-sprayed the man's face, grabbed the shotgun and handcuffed him, according to the release.

Barker then arrived at the scene and assisted in placing the man into Campbell's vehicle, according to the release.

"Trooper N.K. Campbell showed extreme bravery and dedication to the preservation of life and property of our Berkeley County residents," said First Sgt. E.D. Burnett, Troop 2, District 1 commander. "We are grateful that this incident turned out the way that it did, with no one getting injured."

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