(06/18/2005)
Bucky Dale Arthur, 49, of Annamoriah, will be given a mental competency examination.

Arthur was arrested June 5 on charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment after entering the West Virginia State Police detachment near Parkersburg with two guns strapped to his side, pulling one of them in the presence of three officers.

The Calhoun man's attorney, Bill Kiger, made the request after talking with Arthur, Arthur's mother, sister and employer, Alvin Engelke of Creston.

Kiger said Arthur has been employed by Alvin Engelke, owner of Creston Well Service, since 1974. Engelke told the attorney that the incident was at odds with his usual behavior.

"I met with Mr. Arthur for an hour and 20 minutes and he was polite and courteous and did not exhibit any outward bizarre physical behavior; but he did make a number of statements which caused me to believe, without any doubt, that the defendant is delusional, is not in touch with reality and is seriously mentally disturbed," Kiger told the court. "He may not be competent to stand trial and may not be criminally responsible by reason of mental illness."

Police went to Arthur's house and did not find any drugs or alcohol. His family told the attorney he did not use any substances.

Police reports said Arthur was reportedly wearing two Ruger Redhawk .45-caliber revolvers in western-style holsters. When he was asked to remove the guns, he refused, reportedly making statements about traitors.

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