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Inwood man charged with brandishing weapon

Center for Orthopedic Excellence in Martinsburg was evacuated during incident

April 17, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A medical practice was evacuated Wednesday after Martinsburg police said a 70-year-old Inwood, W.Va., man became angry and pointed a gun at an employee upon being told he would need to change his clothes for an X-ray, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in the Center for Orthopedic Excellence at 1008 Tavern Road in Martinsburg, according to court documents.

William Michael Holmes, 70, of 52 Myatt Court, was arraigned on one misdemeanor count of brandishing a deadly weapon by Magistrate Harry L. Snow and was released from custody after bail was posted, according to court documents.

Holmes was found to have a valid conceal and carry permit to have the firearm, a .40-caliber Glock handgun, in his possession, according to court documents.

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The magazine of the gun was fully loaded and one round was in the firearm’s chamber, according to court documents.

Martinsburg police officers found the defendant sitting on a patient’s table holding the firearm upon responding to the center, according to court documents.

The defendant complied to an order to drop the weapon without incident, according to court documents.

The female employee told police that the defendant raised his shirt and grabbed the firearm and briefly pointed the gun at her before “slamming it down,” according to court documents.

The victim told police she was standing in the doorway area of the room when the incident occurred and immediately shut the door and left the area of the building, according to court documents.

The victim told police the defendant became angry during his appointment upon being told he would need to change clothes, according to court documents.

Cpl. M.J. Butcher, who filed the complaint against the defendant, was joined at the scene by Martinsburg Police Chief Kevin Miller, Maj. Tim Catlett and patrol officers William Parks and Shane Everhart, according to court documents.

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