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Lawyer charged with attempted murder after South Hills standoff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Charleston attorney at the center of an hours-long standoff with police in a South Hills neighborhood earlier this week was released from the hospital and charged with attempted murder.

Mark Anthony Bramble, 49, of Cornwall Lane, was arraigned on felony charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment Wednesday afternoon in Kanawha Magistrate Court after he was released from Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital.

The charges were filed Monday, shortly after a Charleston SWAT team removed Bramble from his Sherwood Forest area home.

Police Chief Brent Webster said Monday that Bramble suffered self-inflicted injuries and went through surgery. He said officers had a sworn statement from medics that Bramble told them he'd shot himself in the head. He was placed on suicide watch at South Central Regional Jail.

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Lori Bramble, Mark Bramble's wife, called 911 about 9:13 a.m. Monday to report her husband was armed, hallucinating and firing shots in their Sherwood Forest subdivision home. Dispatchers could hear the shots being fired, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.

She also told the dispatcher her husband had pointed the gun at her during the initial incident.

She told officers she didn't believe her husband intended to hurt her. She told them he'd said, "There's someone in here trying to get me."

Lori Bramble escaped the home uninjured before police arrived, leaving her husband alone in the house.

Charleston police responded and reported hearing gunfire coming from inside, the complaint said. Police said Bramble had multiple firearms, including shotguns, rifles and handguns. 

An officer at the front of the house heard a couple of shots and saw a front window shatter. Officers also reported hearing dozens of gunshots.

Four officers were moving behind two houses across the street from the Bramble house when more shots were fired. They were crossing an open space between the two homes when they heard three to five gunshots and the "whistle sound of a projectile near their position," according to the complaint.

They also reported hearing the projectile hitting trees and bushes behind them.

One officer fired back at Bramble but it wasn't clear if he hit him. No officers or bystanders were injured.

Multiple agencies responded, including the Kanawha Sheriff's Department's bomb squad. Sherwood Forest Road was blocked for hours while officers dealt with the delicate and dangerous situation.

The bomb squad sent its robot into the home to locate Bramble during a lull in the shooting. He was found injured but moving on the floor in a back room. The SWAT team then went into the home to secure him. Paramedics rushed him to CAMC General.

Bramble is listed as an assistant attorney general for the employment programs division in the state Attorney General's Office. He turned in his notice of resignation last week, but it was to go into effect Aug. 30. He was hired in June 2012 under former Attorney General Darrell McGraw, according to the Attorney General's office.

He is being held at South Central Regional Jail on $200,000 cash-only bond.

Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.craig@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.

 


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