Judge dismisses charges against Charleston lawyer in 2013 standoff at home


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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — A judge has dismissed charges against an attorney who was accused of firing random shots during a standoff in his Charleston neighborhood.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster tossed charges of attempted murder and wanton endangerment Tuesday against Mark Bramble.

Media outlets report Webster ruled that Bramble suffered from delirium brought on by over-the-counter sleep aid and was not criminally responsible for the shooting last August.

Charleston police have said Bramble appeared to be firing at random in the neighborhood before shooting himself. Police say 48 shots were fired during the standoff.

Bramble had resigned as a lawyer in the state Attorney General's Office days before the shooting.

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