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Man with shotgun arrested at school

By From staff reports

Two Kanawha County deputies suffered minor injuries during an altercation with a Clendenin man found sitting in a vehicle with a shotgun outside Herbert Hoover High School.

Russell E. Elswick, 52, was spotted near the school's field house about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Capt. B.C. Robbins with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.  

Members of the school's custodial staff said they saw Elswick with the shotgun. When a custodian confronted him, Elswick said he "had business to take care of," according to Robbins' media advisory.

When asked by deputies to get out of the vehicle, Elswick refused and had to be physically removed.  

The man's vehicle was still in drive when he was pulled from it, and it lurched forward, hitting Deputy R.D. Evans, according to Robbins. Cpl. A.J. Miller fractured his hand at some point during the altercation.

Both went to the hospital and have been released.

Deputies found an unloaded shotgun in the vehicle after arresting Elswick, who Sgt. K.L. White said might have been under the influence or mentally disturbed.

Authorities were not sure of Elswick's motive.

He was charged with one count of making terroristic threats and one count of possessing a firearm on school property.

No students were in danger at any point, Robbins said. School personnel secured the building and notified the school board to make sure no students came to the school until it was safe.

School proceeded as normal.



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