Police shoot man in Berkeley County

By By Staff reports

FALLING WATERS -- Police shot an armed man in Falling Waters earlier this week after they say he refused to surrender his weapon.

A trooper with the Martinsburg detachment of the West Virginia State Police and a deputy with the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call on Monday around 8 p.m. alleging that Travis Brant, 32, was intoxicated and involved in a physical altercation at Rivanna Court.

When police arrived, Brant was outside his residence with a shotgun, according to a press release from the State Police.

Brant refused commands to drop the gun and ran to his garage and then set up “in a defensive position” behind the door of a vehicle, according to the police. He then raised the gun “in a threatening manner” toward police, according to the release.

Police discharged their weapons, resulting in Brant falling to the ground and retreating further into the garage.

After about an hour of negotiations with Brant by cell phone, he surrendered to officers on the scene.

He was transported to Berkeley Medical Center for treatment for wounds to his face and head, most likely due to bullet fragments striking him.

Upon his release from the hospital, he was lodged in the Eastern Regional Jail to await arraignment on charges of domestic battery, domestic assault, brandishing a weapon, assault on a police officer and destruction of property.

No injuries were sustained to the responding law enforcement officers.

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