Grafton man charged after shooting himself


GRAFTON—A Grafton man is behind bars after shooting himself earlier this month.

David McMasters, 42, of Grafton was arrested and charged with felony wanton endangerment after officers were dispatched to a shots fired near Sunset Terrace.

According to the criminal complaint, officers from the Grafton Police Department were called out on August 1, after a caller to the Harrison-Taylor 911 dispatch center reported that he had been awoken by the should of a loud bang, that he believed to be a gunshot.

The caller reported that he opened the door and saw McMasters outside, who had allegedly shot himself. The caller stated that he heard McMasters say, “There was not one in the chamber,” to another individual.

The second individual walked toward McMasters and picked up the weapon with his shirt, as he told the defendant that he was warned it was a bad idea.

Both men got into a vehicle and left the area, according to the complaint.

Officers were directed to the area where the weapon, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun had been discharged. There, they found the remains of the spent round in the grass near the sidewalk in front of the caller’s apartment.

After collecting their evidence, the officers were dispatched to a call at Grafton City Hospital and upon their arrival, were asked by staff members if they were there for the gunshot victim.

According to the complaint, Hospital staff told officers McMasters was the gunshot wound patient, and that he was transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital for surgery.

Officers were able to recover video surveillance footage from the hospital that showed McMasters entering the hospital after exiting the vehicle noted by the caller the night of the shooting.

McMasters was later taken into custody and was transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he was being held on a $5,000 bond. He has since been released.

Additionally, Tyler Jeffrey Brady, 22, of Philippi, was recently arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery, by the West Virginia State Police.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were dispatched to a domestic in progress call, for a vehicle traveling on US Route 250 in Taylor County. The officer located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop, at the Taylor-Marion County line.

During the stop, the officer was told by the victim that Brady had physically assaulted her and then walked up the road. The officer noted red marks on the victim’s face and arms.

The officer left the victim and proceeded to walk along the road in the direction that Brady was reported to have gone. While walking, the officer was approached by a male, who revealed himself as the defendant.

Brady was taken into custody and transported to the Taylor County Courthouse for further processing. He was then taken to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he is being held on a $3,000 cash or surety bond.

The West Virginia State Police also arrested and charged 35-year-old Tyler Adam Kramer, of Morgantown, for misdemeanor driving revoked for driving while under the influence.

According to the criminal complaint, the responding officer was called to Sundale Lane in the Webster area of Taylor County for a trespassing complaint.

Upon arrival at the scene, the officer noticed a white van in the driveway, with two male passengers inside. The complaint states that the passenger in the vehicle was arrested by Captain Durrett from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, for an unrelated charge.

The driver’s identity was confirmed by his West Virginia Identification card, and a routine check of DMV files indicated that his license had been revoked for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania in 2014.

The inquiry also revealed that Kramer was wanted out of Pennsylvania for failure to appear on his DUI charge.

He was taken into custody and transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail where he is being held on a $4,000 cash or surety bond on his new charge, as well as a $10,000 bond amount on his fugitive charge.

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