Man arrested for allegedly firing shots at the ceiling of his Fayette Street home

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man was arrested after allegedly firing a gun at the ceiling in his home.

Matthew Summerfield-Duke, 27, of Buckhannon, was arrested over the weekend for wanton endangerment involving a firearm, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Patrolman James Fisher with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Saturday, June 24, Duke allegedly “wantonly discharged two rounds from a 30-30 caliber lever-action rifle” into the upstairs ceiling of his residence.

The residence was also occupied by a family member, who was downstairs at the time. The home, located on Fayette Street, is surrounded on all four sides by other occupied residences. According to the report, the discharged rounds of the firearm had the potential to ricochet and enter surrounding residences, which may have caused substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury to residents within.

Bail was set at $25,000 cash only by Upshur County Magistrate Alan Suder.

The penalty for a conviction of wanton endangerment involving a firearm is confinement in the penitentiary for 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, or a fine ranging from $250 to $2,500, or both.

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