CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police believe a Charleston attorney shot himself near the end of a three-hour standoff with officers Monday morning outside his Cornwall Lane home.
Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said Mark Bramble told paramedics as he was being taken to the hospital that he shot himself in the head with a handgun before officers forced their way into his home.
Bramble was undergoing surgery Monday afternoon, but was expected to live, Webster said at a news conference.
Police, including SWAT teams and bomb squad members, went to Bramble's house at about 9:15 a.m. Monday after his wife called 911 to report that Bramble was upset and shooting guns. Bramble's wife was able to safely leave the home, Webster said.
Webster said Bramble had multiple weapons in the home just off Corridor G in the Sherwood Forest area.
Bramble worked in the Workers' Compensation Division at the state attorney general's office. In a statement Monday afternoon, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Bramble was an attorney in his office's Workers' Compensation Division. Morrisey said that Bramble had turned in his resignation letter Friday, and it was supposed to take effect Aug. 30.
Morrisey said he was "deeply saddened" by today's reports about Bramble.
"We are relieved that no one in his family or neighborhood was injured and that all members of the law enforcement community are safe," Morrisey said. "As you know, details about this incident are still murky, and police are in the process of conducting a thorough investigation."
Bramble was hired June 1 of last year, Morrisey said. That would mean he was hired under Morrisey's predecessor, Darrell McGraw.
Webster said Bramble fired multiple volleys while inside the house. He said the first police officers on the scene tried to talk to Bramble, but were met with a fusillade of gunfire every time they tried.
Bramble fired both inside the house and out the windows at police officers, the police chief said.
"He knew who we were," Webster said. "We identified ourselves several times. And he saw us."
At one point, Webster said, Bramble broke out a window and pointed a long gun at police. Webster said one officer returned fire with an AR-15 rifle, but does not know if he hit Bramble.
"It looks like some, if not all, of his injuries are self-inflicted," Webster said.
Bramble's wife told police Bramble had been upset the past few days, but Webster didn't know exactly why or whether the information was relevant to the shooting incident. "It's very early in the investigation," the police chief said.