CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A South Charleston man was arrested Thursday after allegedly shooting at a water company employee before meeting a Kanawha County sheriff's deputy with a loaded shotgun.
A West Virginia American Water Company employee called sheriff's deputies at about 10 a.m. Thursday to report being shot at by a property owner on Brooke Road in South Charleston, according to Lt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
Crosier said the employee had been reading water meters when he allegedly got into an argument with Richard Paul Painter, 58, of 254 Brook Road. Both men walked away from the argument, but Painter allegedly fired a shotgun at the water company employee's truck as he drove by Painter's house.
The employee drove off and called for help. Crosier said Cpl. J.H. Thaxton found Painter's telephone number and called him, asking if he could meet Painter at his house.
When Thaxton arrived, Painter allegedly answered the door holding a single-shot 12-gauge shotgun. Crosier said the weapon was broken open but had a live shell in the chamber.
Crosier said Painter at first ignored Thaxton's orders to put the shotgun down, but eventually put the weapon down. Crosier said Painter had one spent and several loaded shotgun shells in his pocket.Painter was charged with wanton endangerment and taken to the South Central Regional Jail. He was free this morning on bond.