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Man shot, tazed by Martinsburg Police

March 11, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police shot a Martinsburg man in the chest Sunday afternoon and later shot him multiple times with a stun gun following a dispute in the Porter Avenue area, Martinsburg Police said in a news release.

Douglas Charles Butler, 44, of 423 Winchester Ave., Apt. 8, was taken to City Hospital and later flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., according to a news release from Cpl. S.F. Doyle.

Butler was charged with attempted malicious wounding, Doyle said.

At 3:12 p.m., Martinsburg Police Department officers responded to the 400 block of Winchester Avenue for a report of a man who threatened another person with a sharp object and broke the person’s car window, Doyle said.

Officers initially were unable to find the suspect, but later spotted him at about 4:35 p.m. on Norwalk Avenue near Porter Avenue, Doyle said.

The man walked toward an officer with a railroad spike in his hand with the spike “raised above his head in a stabbing position,” Doyle said.

The officer told the man several times to drop the spike and to get on the ground, but he did not follow the orders, Doyle said.

As the suspect moved closer to the officer, who was backing away, the officer drew his gun and continued to give the suspect verbal commands, Doyle said. The suspect did not comply with the orders, Doyle said.

The officer fired one round, striking the suspect in the chest, Doyle said.

The suspect lowered the spike, turned around and started walking away from the officer, Doyle said.

A second officer arrived and ordered the man to drop the spike and to get on the ground, Doyle said.

The suspect did not comply with that officer’s commands and the officer shot the suspect with a Taser, Doyle said.

The suspect fell to the ground but continued to be noncomplaint and was given multiple cycles from the Taser until he dropped the spike, Doyle said.

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