CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Residents of Madison Street on Charleston's West Side thought it was funny to see a man walking down the street in a full-length coat in the overnight heat.
Until they saw the shotgun hanging down beneath the hem of the coat.
William Allen Anderson II, 45, of Sissonville, had a shotgun hanging from his right shoulder in a sling and a handgun tucked into his pants when he was arrested following a disturbance call, according to a criminal complaint on file in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Neighbors noticed Anderson walking up the street with a bulge under his coat and his hood pulled over his head at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.
Anderson walked onto the porch of a house in the 1000 block of Madison Street, fell backward, dropped some shotgun shells and ordered everyone to stay outside, Charleston Police Patrolman E.L. Whitehead wrote.
Instead, family members quickly ducked back inside and called police, who arrived in minutes. Sgt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department, said the street and surrounding area were evacuated while police ordered Anderson to get on the ground.
Cooper said Anderson at first refused, taking off his coat and flinging it to the ground. Police said officers saw Anderson had a shotgun hidden under the coat and a Ruger .44 Magnum revolver stuffed in the back of his pants.
Eventually, Cooper said, officers subdued Anderson.
After he was arrested, officers noticed a suspicious item in Anderson's car. The Kanawha County Bomb Squad X-rayed the item and determined that it was an improvised explosive device, or IED, according to a different criminal complaint. They also found a second IED, along with a fuse, black powder and large amounts of ammunition, in Anderson's car, the complaint states.
In all, Cooper said, officers found seven weapons, including shotguns, assault rifles and handguns. He said most of the weapons were in Anderson's car and were legal, but Anderson was charged with illegally concealing the shotgun and the revolver under his coat, a misdemeanor.
Anderson was also charged with two felony counts of illegally possessing a bomb, as well as obstructing a police officer and brandishing, both misdemeanors.
A Kanawha County magistrate set Anderson's bond at $15,000 cash only. Anderson was being held at South Central Regional Jail on Monday.
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