(08/23/2010)
PARAMEDIC SHOT IN MINGO - A Mingo County paramedic was shot after he stopped to help someone on the side of the road. Ricky Carey stopped his ambulance after someone flagged him down and when Carey approached the person, he was shot in the hand, according to 911.

Carey was taken by surprise. "He began to try and push the gun away from the person and in the process he was shot," officials said.

Carey was taken to the hospital.

SHOT BROTHER IN FOOT - A Fayette County man was sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot after a domestic dispute among two brothers and their father.

Keith Scott Willis, 33, shot his brother, Mark G. Willis, in the foot with a shotgun loaded with birdshot, said the Sheriff's Department.

The fight began between Mark Willis and his father. When Keith Willis tried to stop the fight, Mark Willis allegedly attacked his brother. Keith Willis picked up a shotgun and discharged two rounds.

Police said it was likely alcohol was a factor in the incident.

ELDERLY MAN BARRICADES SELF - An elderly Fayette County man barricaded himself inside a house with several firearms for about an hour.

The 79-year-old man, whose name was not released, did not brandish or fire any weapons, but could not negotiate with officers because of a hearing impairment.

Family members spoke to the man and got him to leave the house and surrender his weapons.

CONCEALED WEAPONS INCIDENT - A Charleston man was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Charleston Police Sgt. Eric Hodges said Monyea R. Gravely, 20, began walking toward officers while on foot patrol.

Police said Gravely's speech was slurred, and officers saw what looked like the butt of a gun above his right pants pocket.

Officers searched Gravely and found a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, a weapon that had been reported stolen on July 30.

Hodges said Gravely was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, obstructing an officer and transferring and receiving stolen property.

Hodges said Gravely is a convicted felon and prevented from carrying a gun.

HOLD-UP FOR PILLS - "He said he would blow my dad's brains out," said a nine year old boy who watched his father attacked and robbed in Hernshaw.

The youth described the holdup by a masked, gun-wielding robber who kicked in the door of their Hernshaw apartment.

Deputies say the robber brandished a handgun and threatened to kill 62-year-old James Meadows if he refused to hand over his pain medication.

GUN RIGHTS GROUP AIMS AT CHARLESTON POLICE - Leaders of West Virginia's largest gun rights lobby are taking aim at Charleston's latest gun control initiative.

Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster announced Project Gun Safe, a multi-pronged program asking the local community to help police get hand guns off of the city's streets.

The program includes a gun buyback program for unwanted guns, $100 to informants who give police information that leads to an arrest for an illegal weapon and an option to allow citizens to write down the manufacturers and serial numbers of all their weapons and give the information to the police department in case the weapons are stolen, lost or turn up in a crime.

Although Webster said registering their guns with the city was entirely voluntary, the thought of turning over lists of firearms to city officials didn't sit well with members of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, a lobbying group and the state's largest organization of gun owners.

"The definition of voluntary is always going to be questionable if the guy asking you to volunteer has a gun, a badge and the power of the government behind him," said West Virginia Citizens Defense League president Keith Morgan.

Morgan said the defense league fears that registration -- voluntary or otherwise -- is the first step in an outright ban on guns.


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