Police In Armed Standoff
WHEELING – Police arrested Cory Shane Thompson on Friday morning after a domestic dispute turned into an armed standoff with multiple officers inside his girlfriend’s home in Warwood.
Magistrate Joe Roxby arraigned Thompson on a charge of wanton endangerment involving a firearm. Thompson, 36, of Wheeling was booked into the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.
Police responded to a reported domestic dispute at a home on Hazlett Avenue around 12:50 a.m. Friday. The resident, Jessica Williams, met the first officer at the door and informed him Thompson was upstairs.
Thompson reportedly walked down the stairs armed with a pistol. He pulled the slide to chamber a round, all while the gun was pointed at the officer and Williams, court documents state.
The officer drew his gun and pointed it at Thompson, prompting the suspect to retreat behind a wall at the top of the staircase. The officer ordered Thompson to drop his gun and reported that the suspect yelled, “I told you not to let it get this far.”
The officer continued to demand Thompson drop his weapon, to which Thompson allegedly responded, “There are 15 in the clip and one in the chamber.” After two more police officers arrived at the home and continued to order Thompson to disarm himself, he laid the gun on the floor at the top of the stairwell.
Williams told police Thompson was upset because he had not wanted to leave a bar where he had been drinking much of that night. While Williams was driving Thompson home from the bar, he “kept pushing her around and grabbing the steering wheel,” she alleged.
They continued to argue after arriving at her home, and Thompson allegedly choked Williams. Once inside the residence, Thompson punched walls and broke glass, reports state.
As of late Friday, a preliminary hearing in Thompson’s case had not yet been set in magistrate court, nor had he been appointed an attorney to represent him.