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Man with shotgun arrested outside Herbert Hoover High

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Clendenin man was arrested early Wednesday after he was reportedly seen with a shotgun outside Herbert Hoover High School.

Russell E. Elswick, 52, was found at about 5:30 this morning sitting in a vehicle with a shotgun near the school's field house, 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 one custodian confronted him, Elswick said that he "had business to take care of," according to Robbins' media advisory.

Elswick refused to get out of the vehicle when asked by deputies and had to be physically removed. Several deputies were injured in the process. 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 as well.

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.

No official motive for Elswick's alleged actions is known at this time.

Elswick was charged with one count of making terroristic threats and one count of possessing a firearm on school property. As of 9 a.m. this morning he was in the process of being booked and was scheduled to be arraigned shortly thereafter.

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

School is proceeding as normal.


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