Gunfire Leads To Man’s Arrest

MIDDLEBOURNE – A Wilbur man was arrested in Tyler County on charges of attempted murder, nighttime burglary and violation of a domestic protection order following an early morning incident.

Howard P. Shriver, no age listed, of Wilbur was arrested by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Department after deputies were dispatched to a residence about 1 mile from Wilbur just after midnight Tuesday. According to the sheriff’s office, dispatchers received the call in reference to a possible violation of a domestic violence protection order.

Neighbors of Shriver allegedly observed him driving toward his home without his headlights on and said he was driving down a lane that led to the home where his wife and two young children were.

Before the deputies arrived at the home, dispatchers were told by the original caller that five gunshots had been heard coming from the Shrivers’ property. Shriver was then seen driving away in the direction of Doddridge County.

Deputies later determined the gunshots heard by witnesses came as Shriver allegedly struggled to break into the home and a vehicle.

As a Tyler County deputy arrived on the scene, a woman came to the caller’s home looking for her daughter, who had fled to seek help. Officials said the Shriver home was on a dead-end lane about 1 mile from Wilbur, with only one other residence on the road. The deputy was able to locate the juveniles who had been in the home.

According to the police report, Shriver appeared to have disabled the telephone and used a splitting maul to gain entry into the home, battering open the door and allegedly threatening his wife and children with the splitting maul.

The daughter was able to flee the home on foot, while the mother and son attempted to flee in a vehicle. The suspect then allegedly tried to attack them while in the vehicle, disabling the car. The police report states the mother and son fled on foot into the fields and weeds nearby, coming out only after they saw the suspect leave. No injuries were reported, and no firearm was found.

Shriver was stopped by Shinnston, W.Va., police at 1:38 a.m. and taken into custody.

He faces a felony DUI charge in Harrison County, W.Va., along with the charges in Tyler County.

He is being held in the North Central Regional Jail in Greenwood on $15,000 bond from Harrison County and $500,000 bond from Tyler County.