(01/17/2021)
VIOLENT MAN - A man from Mingo County is facing several charges including assault on an officer.

The Mingo County Sheriff’s Department says Michael Wiles was arrested by deputies, along with West Virginia State Police, for night time burglary, fleeing on foot, obstructing an officer, battery on an officer x4, assault on an officer x4 and attempt to disarm an officer.

Wiles was arrested in the Elk Creek area on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators responded after receiving a call that Wiles went into someone’s garage and refused to leave. When officials arrived, they found Wiles going through drawers inside of an outbuilding.

Police say he appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance.

The trooper says he placed Wiles in custody and while talking with the owners of the property, Wiles became combative and kicked the officer on the knees.

Wiles kicked him again and took off.

The WVSP officer caught up with him and that’s when investigators say Wiles started reaching for his weapon. After he failed, he kicked him again and ran away.

The trooper called for assistance. While trying to catch Wiles, he kicked and struck three other officers.

Wiles was restrained and arrested.

MAN SENTENCED FOR FIRING 30 SHOTS AT POLICE - A Kanawha County man who fired more than 30 shots at deputies who were responding to a suicidal thoughts call was sentenced to the maximum on Friday.

Christopher Young of Pinch had previously pleaded guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment for the November 2019 incident.

As the first deputy arrived at Young's home, deputies said, Young pointed a shotgun at the cruiser and made threats toward the deputy. When more deputies arrived, Young fired at them with handguns and shotguns, according to previous report.

SWAT team members were called in and approached the home in an armored vehicle and found Young in his driveway and took him into custody.

Young's attorney told Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Joanna Tabit during the virtual sentencing hearing that Young had struggled for years with depression and alcoholism.

Tabit noted that Young had a lengthy criminal history that included guns and violence.

"I was extremely troubled when I read this presentence report because there are five pages of prior offenses that are listed," Tabit said. "Frankly, it is beyond me as to how you could legally have a firearm for this to have occurred. We are going to change that now."

Young apologized to the deputies on scene that night and also to his wife and neighbors who also could have been hurt or killed. He said he recognized that they could have opened fire in return and killed him.

"I don't know that I've seen a pre-sentence investigation that involved this many crimes involving guns and violence in my time as a prosecutor," Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Adam Petry told the court.

"What he did was fire over 30 bullets at law enforcement. They were hiding behind their vehicles trying to not get shot by the defendant. I don't know how many more times that he is going to do this before he is held accountable for it. This is his first felony conviction, judge, but this isn't the first time it's happened," Petry said.

Young's attorney had asked for home confinement as a sentenced while Petry asked for five years on each count.

Tabit sentenced Young to a determinate term of five years on each of the three felony charges and ordered them to be run consecutively.

Young must self-report to the South Central Regional Jail by 4 p.m. on Friday to begin serving the sentence.


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