(10/12/2012)
MINGO MAYHEM - Police in Mingo County shot and killed a man after he threatened them with a claw hammer, which he had previously used to attack his roommate before running over and killing him with a stolen pickup.

State Police said roommates Phillip Gilman, 43, and Alfred Curry, 73, got into a fight in their residence near Delbarton.

Police said they had no idea why Curry and Gilman were fighting, but neighbors told police Gilman, a registered sex offender convicted of rape in 2005, "had been acting crazy all day."

Neighbors said he had walked up and down the road all day, swinging a hammer and looking at the sky.

Police say Gilman attacked Curry with that hammer, with the older man getting out of their home, collapsing outside. A passing motorist found him lying in the middle of the road.

The Charleston Daily Mail reported that a woman saw Curry lying in the road, found out who he was and called his half-brother, Mingo County Commissioner Dave Baisden.

Baisden arrived a short time later and jumped out of the truck to tend to his brother. Gilman got in the driver's seat and took off, running over Curry as he sped down the road.

Police said Gilman came back a short time later and parked the pickup over Curry's body.

Gilman then got into a fight with Baisden, who shot his gun at the ground to scare Gilman off.

A volunteer firefighter then arrived on scene and drew his pistol, shooting Gilman twice in the leg. Although wounded, the suspect ran away on foot, according to the Daily Mail.

Gilman was still carrying the hammer he had used to injure Curry when police caught up with him, rushing the officers and igoring commands to drop the hammer.

Officers opened fire when Gilman was 15 feet away, killing him.

State Police said the volunteer firefighter will not be charged for shooting Gilman.

Police said they were not sure drugs were involved in Gilman's rampage.

CHARLESTON MAN MURDERED - A body was discovered in East Charleston Thursday.

Police said David Jauboi Booker, 25, of Charleston was found shot and killed in an alley.

He had been shot in the head.

Police originally were treating the scene as a vehicular homicide, but discovered Booker had been shot. Police said Booker was no stranger to them and had been in trouble for drugs.

Police are looking for suspects.

DUNBAR MALICIOUS WOUNDING - A man has been charged with malicious wounding in connection with a shooting in Dunbar.

Franklin Beverly, 31, of Dunbar was arrested by the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation in the shooting of Joe Green, also of Dunbar, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.

The release said Beverly told investigators he shot Green because Green allegedly smacked Beverly's girlfriend, who was pregnant with Beverly's child, in the stomach area about a week ago.

Beverly walked into an apartment and confronted Green before shooting him multiple times with a handgun.

Green was transported to CAMC General and is in serious condition.

WOMAN SHOOTS AT BURGLAR - A 70-year-old woman in Fayette County shot at and scared away a burglar after the suspect broke into her home and punched her in the face.

The woman was awakened by the sound of a burglar alarm, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

The woman got a .38 revolver and went to check on her house and was startled by the suspect who punched her in the face. She then began shooting at the suspect who fled from the residence on foot.


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