(06/21/2006)
MAN SHOT AFTER POINTING GUN AT OFFICER - A Fairmont man was shot and wounded after he pointed a gun at a police officer. Fairmont Police Chief Steve Cain says the shooting appears to be justified.

Cain says Patrolman Sam Murray shot 26-year-old Matthew J. Biafore once in the face Monday morning in an alley.

Police say Biafore pointed a handgun at the officer and ignored an order to drop the weapon.

Biafore was in fair condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Cain says Murray and several other officers were responding to a report of a gun being fired when the incident occurred.

According to court records, Biafore recently was paroled from prison after serving a sentence for robbing 13 Fairmont State University students who were sledding on the campus in January 2000.

CHARLESTON MAN CHARGED IN MALICIOUS WOUNDING - A South Charleston man was charged with malicious wounding in a Father's Day shooting at a Kanawha County park.

Thomas Lawrence "Cooter" Green, 26, was accused of shooting Adam Ta'Rel Easley, 19, at Shawnee Park while a number of families were holding Father's Day picnics.

The two men had argued about a woman they know.

Easley said Green and another man drove up to a park table where he was sitting and Green pulled out a black, semi-automatic pistol, Kanawha County sheriff's Detective B.K. Carper wrote in the criminal complaint.

Green pointed the gun in Easley's face, then shot him above his right ankle.

Easley was treated at CAMC General Hospital.


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