MAN, W.Va. — One man was arrested July 29 after he reportedly made phone calls to the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) saying someone was going to shoot police officers.
David Dale Stevens, 63, of Man, allegedly made the calls.
While on his way to the scene at Greenville Road in Man, Senior Trooper J.E. Garren, with the WVSP, reports he was informed Stevens had shot a firearm outside of his home.
Upon his arrival, Garren notes Stevens was found in the doorway of his residence with a silver revolver in his back pocket.
The criminal complaint filed by Garren states, “After rendering the weapon safe, this officer identified the weapon as a Smith and Wesson .28 special revolver, and observed there to be one spent casing and four unspent cartridges.”
Garren reports officers were able to locate a bullet hole in the roof of Stevens’ porch.
The bullet hole was reportedly angled toward the Greenville Baptist Church; however, officers also noted the bullet could have hit the Greenville area.
The Greenville Baptist Church and several other homes were reportedly within 500 feet of Stevens’ home.
Stevens is charged with a felon count of wanton endangerment and a misdemeanor count of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a church or residence.
If he is found guilty of the felony charge, Stevens could face one to five years in a state correctional facility.
Stevens could be sentenced to up to 100 days for the misdemeanor offense.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]