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Kanawha man arrested after shots fired in Mink Shoals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kanawha County man is in custody after deputies found him walking along Dutch Road with a shotgun.

Capt. Sean Crosier, of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, said residents of Dutch Road in Mink Shoals started calling 911 at about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday to report shots fired. At least one resident reported his house had been hit by gunfire.

Deputies went to the home of Aaron Shaffer, 27, Crosier said, but Shaffer wasn't there. Shaffer had called deputies Monday night to report that there were prowlers around his house.

Soon after, deputies received reports about someone pounding on doors in the neighborhood. Shaffer was then spotted walking along Dutch Road.

"He was walking up the road with a shotgun held over his head," Crosier said. He said deputies told Shaffer to put the gun down, and he was arrested without incident.

According to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, Shaffer told deputies he had fired 10 to 15 shots in his house "because he thought several unknown subjects were after him."

Deputies discovered gunshot holes in Shaffer's house and in the side door of the neighbor's house, according to the criminal complaint.

Crosier said Kanawha County bomb experts were searching Shaffer's house as a precaution.

During his arraignment, Shaffer told Magistrate Jack Pauley that he had a medical discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps. He said he had a car, but it was not running.

Shaffer was charged with wanton endangerment. Pauley set bail at $25,000 property or 10 percent cash.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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