Updated Fri, Nov 11, 2011 10:14 am
Update: 10:15 a.m.
Mason County Sheriff David Anthony has been charged with wanton endangerment after allegedly firing a weapon over a child's head last weekend.
West Virginia State Police arrested the 42-year-old Anthony Thursday night along U.S. 35 in Putnam County.
He was being held Friday at the Western Regional Jail.
State Police Sgt. Edward Starcher says the charges stem from the firing of a small-caliber handgun Nov. 5.
Starcher says two deputy sheriffs witnessed the incident and told investigators that Anthony had been drinking when he fired the gun over the head of a 13-year-old relative.
County Commissioner Bob Baird says Anthony is in his third year as sheriff. He was a deputy sheriff before his election in 2008.
Mason County, West Virginia Sheriff David Anthony has been arrested.
West Virginia State Police arrested Anthony Thursday night and charged him with wanton endangerment.
No further details were known this morning.
Mason County and state police officials referred calls seeking information to the Mason County state police detachment, and no one answered the phone there early Friday.