A Valley Head man remained in jail Friday on a $50,000 cash-only bond after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife Wednesday while the couple's two children were nearby.
George Martin Gaines, 24, was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment following an incident in which he allegedly threatened to kill his wife, himself and police.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Deputy Joshua Williams, Cpl. B.A. Talkington and Deputy B.T. Sharp, all with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Max Drive in Valley Head to respond to a domestic incident in progress.
Officers received information indicating a firearm was involved. Upon arrival, Williams found Gaines inside yelling and 30-30 Marlin rifle containing five rounds of ammunition in the kitchen, the complaint states.
After police placed Gaines in handcuffs, they took a statement from Gaines' wife, Lori Gaines, who said she and her husband had gotten into a verbal argument, and she threatened to leave.
"The argument then escalated and (George Gaines) the defendant threatened to kill her (Lori Gaines) and the cops," Williams wrote in the report. Gaines allegedly loaded the rifle and pointed it at his wife while two children under the age of 4 "were present in the immediate area," according to the complaint.
Police arrested Gaines for wanton endangerment, which state code defines as wantonly, or recklessly, performing "any act with a firearm which creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to another" person.
On Friday, Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady said more charges may be pending against Gaines.
"It was a volatile situation, but luckily the deputies were able to apprehend (Gaines) without incident," Brady said.
Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler set bond at $50,000 cash only.
Gaines remained incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime.
The penalty for a conviction of one count of wanton endangerment is imprisonment for one to five years in the state penitentiary; or, in the discretion of the court, imprisonment for up to one year in the regional jail, a fine between $250 and $2,500, or both.
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