CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston attorney who allegedly fired at police during a three-hour standoff was arrested and jailed Wednesday, despite pleas that he be allowed to check into a mental institution.
Mark Anthony Bramble, 49, was charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment after being released from Thomas Memorial Hospital.
Police, including SWAT teams and bomb squad members, went to Bramble's Sherwood Forest house at about 9:15 a.m. Monday after his wife called 911 to report that Bramble was hallucinating and shooting guns. Bramble's wife fled from the home before Bramble shot himself in the side of the head, police said. The head wound was considered minor.
During an arraignment hearing in Kanawha County Magistrate Court on Wednesday, Michael Payne, Bramble's attorney, requested that his client be released on bail to receive mental health treatment. Bramble was experiencing a mental episode during Monday's shooting incident and he does not have a violent past, Payne said.
"He wasn't himself at the time," Payne said.
Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Fred Giggenbach countered that Bramble is a danger to others and needs to be in jail.
"This officer had bullets whizzing by his head," Giggenbach said of a Charleston detective. "[Bramble] tried to kill people."
At one point Monday, Bramble allegedly broke out a window and pointed a long gun and fired at police. One officer returned fire with an AR-15 rifle but did not hit Bramble.