A man in Lewis County, West Virginia, has been charged after threatening to kill himself and three other individuals, including his daughter, with a shotgun. Charles Zirkle, 61, became agitated during a verbal altercation and pointed the weapon at the victims. He has been charged with wanton endangerment and is currently in custody with a $50,000 bond. C. Allan,Joey Rather reported
In Horner, West Virginia, a man has been accused of making threats to kill himself and three others, including his own daughter, using a shotgun. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department received a request for assistance at a residence on August 8th. Upon their arrival, two individuals informed the deputies that Charles Zirkle, a 61-year-old resident of Horner, had engaged in a verbal altercation and had become agitated, resorting to shouting at one of the victims. Alarming events unfolded as Zirkle proceeded to hold the shotgun up to his own chin, threatening to take his own life. He then turned the weapon towards one of the victims, holding it just two feet away from her head. Thankfully, Zirkle’s daughter intervened, placing herself between her father and the other victim. Zirkle slowly lowered the weapon, but continued to carry it throughout the house. However, the ordeal was far from over, as Zirkle later aimed the shotgun at another victim’s chest, uttering the chilling words, “I’ll kill you all and then myself.” Following this harrowing incident, Zirkle has been charged with two counts of wanton endangerment and is currently detained at the Central Regional Jail on a bond of $50,000..