(01/19/2012)
CHARLESTON HOME INVASION - A South Hills man was shot and stabbed by three to four alleged burglars shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Authorities say Franklin Chilton, 22, was shot in the leg and stabbed in the back and has been taken to the hospital.

Police say Chilton's father called 911 to report the home invasion.

Charleston Police are searching the area for the suspects.

HUNTINGTON WOMAN IN STAND-OFF - Huntington Police say a woman responsible for a standoff Tuesday night has a history of being mentally ill, and is well known to 911 dispatchers as a person with problems.

Neighbors say the woman is also physically ill with cancer. "She knows death's right around the corner, and I guess she's just losing it," said neighbor Scott Pugh.

When the ambulance arrived, the woman pulled a gun on EMS workers, with police responding shortly after.

After about four hours, officers and SWAT team members coaxed the woman from the house and she was removed on a stretcher. She will be arraigned at Cabell County Magistrate Court on charges of assaulting medical personnel.

POLICE SAY SUICIDE BY COP - South Charleston Police officers shot and killed Gene Ransbottom II, 40, early Tuesday after he pulled a gun on officers in the parking lot of the Rock Lake Presbyterian Church.

Police Chief Brad Rinehart said Metro 911 issued a BOLO for the suspect's car after he was the subject of several 911 calls overnight.

The first 911 call related to shots fired in Cross Lanes, the man fired seven shots.

The second call was just outside of South Charleston when the suspect indicated he would be resistant if confronted by police.

When South Charleston officers spotted the suspect's car around 1 a.m., they say he refused to obey the officers commands.

Rhinehart said, "He got out of the car, threw something at the cruiser then got back in. Then when he got out the second time he had a pistol and pointed it at two of the policemen."

Officers opened fire and fatally wounded him.

Rhinehart said the man had previously indicated he was suicidal and deeply disturbed.

"Metro 911 had received several calls about this gentleman and his erratic behavior...He'd made threats to himself and said he wanted to kill himself, suicide by cop---he'd said that," the chief said.

"He was adamant about that...He said before the night was over he was going to force a policeman to shoot him."

The man was taken to the hospital where he died.

MAN ROBBED AT GUNPOINT - Kanawha County sheriff's deputies are looking for a suspect who robbed a man at gunpoint outside a Cross Lanes bar early Monday morning.

Sheriff's deputies were reviewing surveillance footage Monday night.

TAYLOR CO. HEIST - The Taylor County Sheriff's Department is investigating an armed robbery at the Hot Spot near T & L Hot Dogs at Pruntytown.

Monday night at 11:45, a man wearing a black ski mask, sunglasses, black pants and a black jacket, went into a Hot Spot and pulled out a small caliber hand gun and demanded money from the woman behind the counter.

The robber took an undisclosed amount of cash, the woman's cell phone, and the store's phone.

Deputies say the suspect is a white man between 5'10" and 5'11", with a small to medium build.


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