Man jailed for threats on police

ELKINS – An Elkins man is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond after he was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot police officers.

James Calvin Poyer, 61, was charged with one felony count of threats of terrorist acts, after engaging in a brief standoff with Randolph County Sheriff’s deputies. No one was injured during the incident.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Poyer was arrested after Deputy Roger Foster was dispatched to Valley View Mobile Home Park, where he spoke with Laura Poyer who advised him that James Poyer “had been angry and tearing up the inside of their residence,” according to the criminal complaint.

Laura Poyer allegedly told Foster that she called 911 at James Poyer’s request. James Poyer had informed her that he wanted the police to respond so that when they arrived, he would “shoot at them to get them to kill him,” according the complaint. James Poyer then allegedly grabbed “a double barrel 12-gauge (sic) shotgun as well as a .380 handgun,” climbed in a car and told Laura Poyer that “he would shoot at any police officers who tried to come near him,” according to the complaint. James Poyer then left the residence, the complaint states.

State Police and Randolph County Sheriff’s deputies found James Poyer’s vehicle parked “on private land approximately 100 feet from the roadway” off Ellis Road with James Poyer inside, according to the complaint. When police asked him to show his hands and leave the vehicle, he allegedly failed to comply. Officers finally opened the door, pulled him from the vehicle and put him in handcuffs.

Both weapons – which were loaded – were confiscated by officers, as were “several extra” rounds of ammunition for each weapon, according to the report.

As he was being arrested, James Poyer allegedly told police as he was being arrested that “he was intending to shoot at officers so that he would end his life because he didn’t want to live anymore but didn’t want to kill himself,” the complaint states.

James Poyer was arraigned by Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler, who set bond at $50,000 cash only; Poyer remained incarcerated as of presstime.

Contact Chad Clem by email at