Martinburg man extradited from Va., charged after shot in confrontation with police officer

April 01, 2012
  • Douglas Butler
Douglas Butler

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man who was shot in the chest and then shocked with a stun gun multiple times in March by Martinsburg police has been extradited back from Virginia, according to court and jail records.

Douglas Charles Butler, 44, who was being treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., was arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on one count of attempted malicious wounding, according to court records and police.

Butler was being held Thursday night at Eastern Regional Jail on a $15,000 bond, according to jail records.

Police officers responded to the 400 block of Winchester Avenue on March 11 for a report of a man who threatened another person with a sharp object and broke the person’s car window, police said.

Officers initially were unable to find the assailant, but later spotted him around 4:35 p.m. on Norwalk Avenue near Porter Avenue, police said.

The man walked toward an officer with a railroad spike raised above his head in a stabbing position. The officer told the man several times to drop the spike and to get on the ground, but he did not follow the orders, police 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, police said.

The suspect did not comply with the orders, so the officer fired one round, striking him in the chest, police said.

The officer, who was not identified, was placed on administrative leave following the incident, police said.

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