CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Calhoun County man accused of holding his wife and infant son at gunpoint in their Grantsville home is behind bars on felony charges.
Charles Ray Metz, 35, of Hathaway Street, was arrested July 8. The arrest came a week after his wife, Kelli Metz, spoke with an officer about a domestic violence petition she filed against her husband.
Grantsville Police Chief Andy Walker went to the Metz home July 1 after learning of the domestic violence petition. She'd filed the petition in June but later dropped it, according to a complaint filed in Calhoun Magistrate Court.
In that petition, Kelli claimed Charles put a gun to her head and told her he would blow her brains out, the complaint said.
No one answered when Walker knocked on the door of the mobile home. He told Metz later, after the man called to find out why police had been at his home, he needed to speak to him and his wife.
Walker returned to the house and was first met by Charles Metz, who told him he and his wife had a fight and that he'd left with their son. Metz hesitated but answered "no" after Walker asked if he'd put a gun to his wife's head, according to the complaint.
Kelli Metz told a different story.
Walker wrote in the complaint that Kelli Metz began to shake "like she was afraid to tell me," when he asked her about the incident. She eventually said he husband put the gun to her head and demonstrated by pointing above her right eye, where he allegedly held the gun.
She said she told him she was leaving with their son but that Metz told her she wasn't "walking out the door with my kid" and ordered her to sit on the couch, the complaint said.
He then told her to leave, but put a gun to her head after she got the baby and got up to go. She said she was holding the baby on her left side as he had the weapon, what she thought was a .22-caliber long gun, pointed at the right side of her head.
She said Metz told her he would "blow my brains out before I got to walk out the door" with their child, the complaint said. When asked if she was afraid of her husband, she replied "not right now."
Metz was charged with wanton endangerment and child neglect. He is being held at Central Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.
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