Mason County sheriff charged with firing gun over teen's head
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Mason County Sheriff David Anthony found himself behind bars Friday morning.
West Virginia State Police Sgt. Edward Starcher said Anthony was arrested following a traffic stop along U.S. 35 in Putnam County.
That’s where troopers executed an arrest warrant charging Anthony with felony wanton endangerment. The allegation stems from a Nov. 5 incident, where Starcher said two deputy sheriffs witnessed Anthony fire a gunshot over a 13-year-old’s head.
Investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor in the incident, Starcher said.
The sergeant said members of the Mason County Commission and its Prosecutor’s Office alerted state troopers to the incident via letter and asked for an investigation, Starcher said.
Anthony was incarcerated at 1:30 a.m. Friday at the Western Regional Jail. Bond was denied pending arraignment.
Voters elected the 42-year-old as Mason County’s sheriff in November 2008. He had resigned as a deputy months earlier to campaign for the top post. He had been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1990.
Prior to becoming sheriff, Anthony had been involved with the county’s D.A.R.E. program for five years.