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Upshur man facing firearm charge

BUCKHANNON — A convicted felon who allegedly pointed a gun at his mother was arrested last week by the Buckhannon Police Department.

Joseph Alexander Haislip,28, of Buckhannon, was arrested for wanton endangerment involving a firearm, a felony; and domestic assault, persons prohibited from possessing firearms and brandishing a deadly weapon, all misdemeanors, by Patrolman Colin Cope with the Buckhannon Police Department.

On Friday, July 31, Buckhannon Police officers responded to a domestic call involving a firearm on Rustic Drive, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The caller stated that Haislip, her son, had allegedly pointed a firearm at her after coming in through an unlocked door.

The victim woke up to Haislip holding a handgun about one foot from her head and Haislip yelling about people talking about him and conspiring against him. The caller described the gun as about five inches length and dark in color and stated that Haislip had allegedly pulled a gun on his brother in an incident the previous week and had made retaliation threats against the family in the past.

Cope and Sgt. William Courtney with the BPD observed a male in dark clothing coming across the Poe Bridge from Vicksburg Road and Courtney identified the man as Haislip.

During a frisk of Haislip, Courtney found a fully loaded magazine in his right front pocket and a small Taurus G2c 9mm handgun inside Haislip’s waistband which was loaded with a full magazine and an additional round in the chamber.

Magistrate Kay Hurt set bond at $50,000 cash or surety for the felony and $40,000 personal recognizance for the three misdemeanors.

Wanton endangerment involving a firearm carries confinement in the penitentiary for one to five years, or, in the discretion of the court, confined in jail for one year or fined between $250 and $2,500.

The penalty for domestic assault is confinement in jail for six months and/or fined not more than $100. Persons prohibited from possessing firearms carries a $100 to $1,000 fine and/or confinement in the county jail for 90 days to one year. The penalty for brandishing a deadly weapon is confinement in jail for 90 days to one year an/or fined of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000.

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