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W.Va. man arrested after seven-hour standoff with police in Hagerstown

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After a seven-hour standoff with multiple police units, a West Virginia man was arrested and charged in Hagerstown, Maryland after his former girlfriend was shot in the head, the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports.

Randy Houston McPeak, 45, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, burglary, false imprisonment and other charges, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Heather Harris, who was shot twice in the head, died Wednesday. The charges against McPeak could change.

With McPeak barricaded inside the home at 1606 Dual Highway, the standoff lasted from about 3 p.m. Friday to 10 p.m. when McPeak came out side and surrendered, police say.

Police took the wounded woman, Heather Harris, out of the back of the house when McPeak stepped outside the front door at about 7:30 p.m., the Herald-Mail reports. The woman was taken to Meritus Medical Center and remains in critical condition Sunday, according to a spokesperson for the facility.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Hagerstown police, Maryland State Police and the Special Response Team, as well as the Frederick County Special Response Team.

Read more and see photos at the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown.

 

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