Update: Man Faces 16 charges in Berkeley Co. Shooting

By WHAG News

Published 08/26 2014 11:37AM

Updated 08/26 2014 07:42PM

BERKELEY COUNTY, W.Va. - A man who shot at police then barricaded himself inside his home late Monday night is facing 16 criminal charges, according to officials with Berkeley County Magistrate Court. 

Travis Brant, 32, of Falling Waters, W.Va., is charged with domestic battery, three counts of domestic assault, four counts of assault, seven counts of brandishing, and destruction of property. 

As we've reported, Monday night West Virginia State Police along with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office responded to a home along Rivanna Court after receiving calls about a domestic violence incident involving a man with a gun. 

State police said they also received reports Brant had damaged several cars utilizing a club-like device. 

When authorities arrived on the scene, Brant was walking from the rear of the residence, carrying a shotgun. State police and deputies told Brant to drop the weapon several times, however, he refused and retreated into the garage where he took up an offensive position behind the passenger side door of a parked vehicle. 

Law enforcement said they continued to tell Brant to drop his weapon, and as Brant began to raise his shotgun, officers fired shots at him. They said he fell to the floor, and further retreated to the rear of the garage. 

More than an hour later, troopers were able to talk Brant out of his home by cellular phone, where he was taken into custody just before 10 p.m. Monday. Brant was transported to Berkeley Medical Center Monday night, having sustained superficial injuries to his face and head, most likely due to bullet fragments striking him. 

Police said they still haven't determined a motive, but said Brant recently lost his job and believe he was intoxicated during the incident.

Brant was treated and released from Berkeley Medical Center and then taken to the Eastern Regional Jail to await arraignment. 

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