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Former police officer charged with stabbing man at his home

December 11, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A former Winchester (Va.) Police Department officer has been charged with stabbing a man at his home, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Christopher Andrew Dunbar, 25, of 590 Platt Mountain Lane near Inwood, W.Va., was arraigned Friday by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on one count of malicious wounding.

When Berkeley County Sheriff's deputies went to Dunbar's home at 2:23 a.m. Friday, they found Dunbar, a man with cuts to his right hand and neck, and a female applying pressure to the wounds to stop the bleeding, according to a complaint by Deputy Caleb Pearson.

Dunbar told police he understood his rights because he "used to be a cop in Winchester," and he apologized for having to call the police to his residence for "small stuff like this," according to Pearson's complaint.

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In a City of Winchester news bulletin in January 2009, Dunbar was listed as one of seven police officers to graduate in November 2008 from Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy's law enforcement basic academy. Upon graduation, Dunbar was recognized for placing second in physical fitness, according to the bulletin

A City of Winchester official confirmed Friday that Dunbar no longer was employed with the police department.

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