CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A heavily armed South Hills attorney held police in an hours-long standoff Monday morning, firing multiple shots in and around his home before being rushed to an emergency room with self-inflicted injuries, authorities said.
Lori Bramble frantically called 911 at 9:13 a.m. when her husband, Mark Bramble, 49, allegedly began firing shots in their home at 105 Cornwall Lane. The home is in the Sherwood Forest subdivision.
"When she's calling this in and talking, there's gunshots going off, and there's gunfire and more gunfire," Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said in a press conference.
"She did not feel he was trying to hurt her, but she said early on that he said, 'There's someone in here trying to get me.'
"As it went on, he kept firing, he kept firing, shooting the floors, shooting the walls, shooting outside the window. At that point, she fled and we showed up, and we met with her, of course."
Bramble is listed as an assistant attorney general for the employment programs division in the Attorney General's Office.
He was hired June 1, 2012, under former Attorney General Darrell McGraw's administration, according to a press release from Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Bramble turned in a notice of resignation last Thursday. It was to go into effect Aug. 30.
Police say Bramble had multiple weapons, including handguns, shotguns and rifles at his home. Gunfire erupted multiple times during the episode, which lasted more than three hours.
"Initially there was gunfire. A lot of gunfire," Webster said. "Then as the officers showed up, there was a lot more gunfire."
Multiple police units responded, along with the SWAT team and the sheriff's bomb squad. Motorists on Corridor G were prevented from turning into Sherwood Forest for hours while negotiators tried to coax the shooter from his home.
"The first officers on the scene, they knew his name from the wife," Webster said. "They would say, 'Mark, can we help you? Mr. Bramble?' Each time, you hear 'pow! Pow!'
"He was shooting inside the house. He shot some rounds outside the house, across the street ... each time we would try to engage him, he would fire a round."
Webster said during the second or third volley, Bramble raised a long rifle or shotgun, broke a window and came outside with the weapon.
"One officer returned gunfire, but it wasn't clear if he hit him."
The officer fired an AR-15.
"It appears very much so that he knew who we were. We identified ourselves a couple times, then he saw us. Our officers were probably within 20 to 40 yards of him."
At some point, Bramble apparently re-entered the home.
When there was a break in gunfire, officers sent the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department robot inside, Webster said.
"Once it was able to go in the home and look around, it showed Mr. Bramble, I believe, on the first floor in one of the back rooms. He was on the floor moving and appeared injured. At that point, we decided to make the decision for our SWAT team to go in," he said.
Bramble resisted, but authorities took him to a hospital.
Neither Bramble nor police discharged any weapons after officers entered the home, Webster said.
Webster said some, if not all, of Bramble's injuries were self-inflicted.
"We took a sworn statement from the paramedics that while he was being transported to the hospital, Mr. Bramble told the paramedics that he shot himself in the head," Webster said.