Criminal Justice

Assistant AG who shot himself during police standoff is charged with attempted murder

An assistant West Virginia attorney general who shot himself in the head and reportedly shot at police during a standoff at his home in Charleston on Monday was arrested Wednesday after being released from the hospital.

Mark Anthony Bramble, 49, was charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment and ordered held in lieu of $200,000 cash-only bail, the Charleston Gazette reports. His lawyer had sought bail to allow Bramble to get mental health services, but a Kanawha County magistrate said services at the jail are adequate.

It is unclear what exactly sparked the Monday incident. Bramble reportedly resigned last week from his job at the AG’s office, effective Aug. 30. He had been assigned to the workers’ compensation division for the past year.

See also: “Lawyer in West Virginia AG’s office shoots and wounds himself after standoff with police”

Associated Press: “AG office attorney arrested”

State Journal: “Documents reveal troubled past of Charleston attorney”

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