Man arrested for wanton endangerment


ROCK CAVE – A Braxton County man was arrested on multiple charges regarding a domestic altercation in the southern end of Upshur County this past Thursday.

Phillip Pulliam, 30, Copen, was taken into custody by Upshur County Deputy Tyler Gordon on misdemeanor counts of domestic battery and brandishing a deadly weapon, and a felony count of wanton endangerment.

The incident in question reportedly took place at a residence on New Hope Road, according to a report filed by Upshur County Deputy Tyler Gordon.

According to Deputy Gordon’s report, he and Cpl. Theron Caynor responded to a 911 call regarding a domestic altercation.

When officers arrived on the scene, according to the report, filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, Deputy Gordon spoke with the victim who relayed that the defendant had dragged her across the yard. Two witnesses on the scene verified the victim being dragged across the yard by her sweatshirt by the defendant.

According to Deputy Gordon’s report, Brian Chidester witnessed the incident and attempted to intervene and calm the situation by telling Pulliam “to cut it out.”

At this point, according to the report, Pulliam allegedly fired a Rock Island .45-caliber handgun at Chidester’s vehicle.

In addition to Chidester, according to the report, a second passenger, Nicky Bailey, and a three-year-old child were inside the vehicle.

According to the report, the vehicle was struck by one round of ammunition. During the course of his investigation, according to the report, Gordon located one spent round and one unspent round of .45-caliber ammunition.

Gordon noted in his report that several residents heard the gunshot.

Pulliam is currently being held in the Tygart’s Valley Regional Jail on $175,000 bond.

If convicted, Pulliam faces confinement of not more than 12 months or a fine of not more than $500 for the domestic battery charge. Pulliam faces confinement of not less than 90 days and not more than a year, a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $1,000, or both on the brandishing a deadly weapon charge.

If convicted of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, Pulliam faces confinement of not less than one year and not more than five years, or, in the discretion of the court, not more than one year in the county jail, a fine ranging between $250 and $2,500 or both.

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