Upshur man facing multiple charges

BUCKHANNON — A man who allegedly abused his wife and then shot into the vehicle of a person who tried to intervene remains in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $175,000 bond.

Phillip O. Pulliam II, 30, of Copen, allegedly dragged his wife around by the throat across the yard at a residence on New Hope Road on May 16, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

“(Pulliam) was observed by two independent witnesses dragging the victim by the sweatshirt around the throat across the yard of the above residence,” Deputy Tyler Gordon wrote in the criminal complaint.

Gordon and Cpl. Theron Caynor responded to an E-911 call regarding an active domestic altercation with shots fired at the residence.

A man attempted to intervene in the domestic situation but Pulliam allegedly shot at the moving vehicle containing the man, Brian Chidester, another individual identified as Nicky Bailey and a 3-year-old child, according to the criminal complaint.

Several neighbors heard the gun shots and Gordon stated he located one spent and one unspent round of .45 ammo. The vehicle was struck by one round that was discharged from a .45 caliber handgun.

Pulliam was arrested for wanton endangerment involving a firearm, a felony; brandishing a deadly weapon, a misdemeanor; and domestic battery, a misdemeanor.

Pulliam was arraigned in Lewis County Magistrate Court on May 16.

Wanton endangerment involving a firearm carries a possible sentence of one to five years in the penitentiary, or in the discretion of the court, up to one year in jail and/or a fine between $150 and $1,500.

Brandishing a deadly weapon carries between a $50 and $1,000 fine or confinement of 90 days to one year, or both. The penalty for domestic battery is up to one year in jail and/or up to a $500 fine.

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