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Shooting of Va. man fourth by police in Eastern Panhandle in last year

September 11, 2012

The shooting of a Virginia man in Jefferson County last weekend was the fourth police shooting in the Eastern Panhandle within the last 12 months, and fifth in the Tri-State area.

Aug. 25 — A Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy shot Raymond Wallace II, who was armed with what appeared to be a rifle and was holding a knife to a woman’s neck outside a Falling Waters, W.Va., residence in a tense confrontation. Sheriff’s deputy Ralph Pierce, who fired his weapon four times, has been cleared to return to regular duties, Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster said Tuesday. Warrants have been issued charging Wallace with kidnapping, attempted robbery, attempted arson and second-degree sexual assault.

June 23 — Adam L. Schillinger, 27, of Saugerties, N.Y., was fatally shot after he pointed what was later determined to be a BB gun at Pennsylvania State Police troopers in the early morning hours at a St. Thomas Township, Pa., home. The actions of the officers later were ruled appropriate.

March 11 — A Martinsburg Police Department officer shot Douglas Charles Butler in the chest after Butler allegedly attempted to stab the officer with a railroad spike. Butler was indicted in May on one count of attempted malicious assault and his case is pending Berkeley County Circuit Court.

Sept. 26, 2011 — Two Martinsburg police officers shot Michael Kelly Silver, 42, multiple times in the ATM lane of a bank drive-through after he carjacked a woman and her 4-year-old daughter at Martinsburg Mall. The fatal shooting was deemed justifiable by a Berkeley County grand jury that reviewed evidence compiled in the case.

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