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Man allegedly fired gun in residence with two other people inside

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man was arrested Sunday after allegedly firing a gun in a residence with two people inside.

Jerry Daff, 83, of Buckhannon was arrested for wanton endangerment, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office, on Dec. 12, 2021, the Upshur County Comm Center received a call from Winding Lane Road stating that Daff had a gun and was threatening to shoot himself. He also allegedly pointed the gun, a Hi-Point 9mm, at his son and the caller.

“Comm Center advised this officer that he did fire approximately three rounds in the residence with both [the caller] and [his son] inside,” deputy Dakota Linger with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office wrote in the complaint.

Linger and four additional officers made entry into the residence and arrested Daff for wanton endangerment. One of the officers found empty bullet casings outside on the porch and collected the casings and the gun itself as evidence, according to the complaint.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash only by Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis.

The potential penalty for wanton endangerment is confinement in the penitentiary for a definite term of years not less than one year nor more than five years, or in the discretion of the court, confinement in the county jail for not more than one year, a fine between $250 and $2,500, or both.

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