Police: Man holds gun to woman’s forehead, threatens to kill her


Anthony Bryant arrested for felony wanton endangerment

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested after holding a gun to someone’s face and threatening to kill her Friday.
Anthony Bryant, 20, of Buckhannon, was arrested for wanton endangerment involving a firearm, a felony; shooting across road or near building, a misdemeanor; destruction of property, a misdemeanor; and obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor.
At 7:35 a.m. Friday, Chief Deputy Mike Kelley and Cpl. Rocky Hebb with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department responded to 117 Limerick Lane in Hinkleville to an altercation with reports of shots fired, according to the criminal complaint.
At the residence, Kelly made contact with a woman who said she came to Bryant’s mother’s house to pick up a friend. She said Bryant was outside and started yelling at her to get off the property.
Bryant then went back into the house and came out with a gun, which he allegedly held to the victim’s face and forehead like he was going to shoot her, according to the criminal complaint. The victim told deputies that Bryant threatened to kill her. Bryant then allegedly fired the gun at the victim’s right front tire.
Neighbors reported gunshots and a live .223 caliber round and one spent round were found in the driveway near the vehicle. The right front tire was also flat with what appeared to be a bullet hole in the rim and wheel cover.
The property owner arrived on scene and signed a consent to search her home. At that time, a .223 caliber gun was found in the kitchen with a round in the barrel and rounds in the magazine.
Magistrate Kay Hurt set bond at $50,000 cash for the felony and $15,000 cash or surety for the misdemeanors.
If convicted, Bryant faces one to five years in prison, or in the discretion of the court up to one year in jail and/or a fine of $250 to $2,500 for wanton endangerment; a $50 to $500 fine and/or up to 100 days in jail for shooting across a road or near a dwelling; up to a year in jail and/or up to a $500 fine for destruction of property; and up to one year and/or a fine of $50 to $500 for obstructing an officer.
More information was also available about Friday’s DUI arrest of Bryan Scott Morlock, 46, of Ohio.
Morlock was arrested for DUI with injury and leaving the scene of an accident with injury, both misdemeanors.
On May 26 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Cpl. B.K. Wright with the WVSP responded to a wreck near Hinkleville. Wright learned that Morlock and a passenger had fled the scene. With help from eyewitnesses and Sgt. Marshall Powers and K-9 Officer A.J. with the sheriff’s department, Morlock and the passenger were located in the woods near a residence.
Morlock allegedly admitted to being the driver of the white Kia Soul and crossing left of center, striking a white Suburban driven by Chuck Rutherford, of Adrian.
Morlock told Wright he fled because he was scared. Wright allegedly detected the odor of alcohol coming from Morlock. Morlock allegedly admitted to having a couple of beers. Morlock failed all three field sobriety tests and failed a portable breathalyzer. After being taken to the Intoximeter, Morlock registered a blood alcohol content of .138.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $10,000.
If convicted, Morlock faces confinement in jail for one day to one year and a $200 to $1,000 fine for DUI with injury and up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 for leaving the scene of an accident with injury.

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