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Update: Standoff Ends Peacefully in Upshur County

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The West Virginia State Police is releasing more details about a standoff near Adrian in Upshur County Thursday night.

The initial call from 911 had authorities respond to a report of a gunshot wound after a hunting accident, but that report was unfounded.

Authorities responded to a burglary call.  That's when they learned that Edward Williams, 28, had allegedly forced his way into a family residence on Booney Hull Road, took items, and later was reportedly armed with a weapon, officials said.

State Police said Williams went to a second home and demanded keys to a vehicle. Police said he took the vehicle, and placed his two small children, a two-month-old and eight-month-old, inside.

After several hours, the stand off ended peacefully at about 1:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Williams faces two counts of child endangerment, one count of grand larceny of a vehicle, one count of nighttime burglary, one count of destruction of property and on count of breaking and entering. More charges are pending.

Williams is currently in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail with bail set at $500,000. ($300,000 cash and $250,000 surety) 


Edward Williams, 28, has been arrested in connection with a standoff that occurred Thursday night in Upshur County, according to Magistrate Juanita Adams.

Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of nighttime burglary, two counts of child endangerment, and one count of auto grand larceny.

Williams is currently in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail awaiting arraignment.



12 News is able to confirm that the standoff ended peacefully just after 1:30 a.m. early Friday morning.

The suspect is in custody and the children are reported to be safe.

The initial report, according to 911, was that EMS was alerted to respond to a report of a gunshot wound around 9 p.m. Thursday, but that was later unfounded.

The West Virginia State Police is handling the investigation.

Personnel from Upshur County EMS, Upshur County Sheriff's Office, Adrian Volunteer Fire Department, and State Police all responded.

We'll provide you more details as they become available.

Original Story

Authorities in Upshur County are on the scene of a possible standoff.

State Police were called to the scene of an "ongoing situation" near Adrian between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. Thursday night.

Initial reports indicate that a man and a child are in a vehicle that is parked in a field off Booney Hull Road, according to the Adrian Fire Department.

The Upshur County Sheriff's Department and EMS also responded to the incident.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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