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W.Va. man charged with wanton endangerment, domestic battery after standoff

August 06, 2013
  • Michael P. Anderson
Michael P. Anderson

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hedgesville, W.Va., man was in Eastern Regional Jail Tuesday night after a standoff with Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputies Monday shut down Crossroad School Road for several hours, according to police and jail records.

Michael P. Anderson, 56, of Spies Drive was arraigned Tuesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on one felony count of wanton endangerment and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery, according to magistrate court records.

Anderson was being held in jail on a $30,000 bond, according to court and jail records.

Anderson was arrested shortly after a neighbor called authorities at about 7:25 p.m. after spotting him coming out of a wooded area, the sheriff’s office said in a news release late Monday.

Anderson was armed and resisted arrest, and two deputies on the department’s Special Response Team received minor injuries during the confrontation, the release said.

The sheriff’s office said it received a report of a domestic disturbance at 27 Spies Drive at about 1:45 p.m. Monday.

The victim told deputies that her husband attacked her and struck her in the face with a metal pipe, court documents said.

The victim also said Anderson placed a handgun to her head and threatened to kill her, documents said.

The victim, who fled to a neighbor’s house, told authorities Anderson was in their residence, but deputies only discovered that he had fled after forcing their way inside and firing tear gas from the Special Response Team’s armored vehicle.

Attempts to contact Anderson were unsuccessful Monday afternoon, and a search of the vicinity led to the discovery of 26 marijuana plants, which were confiscated, the sheriff’s office said.

The Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Department and Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority assisted in the incident.

In the release, Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster commended the deputies who were involved in the incident “for a job well done under dangerous circumstances with limited injury and no damage.”

Lemaster also publicly thanked the fire department, ambulance authority and neighbors for assisting the sheriff’s Special Response Team.

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— Matthew Umstead

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