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Shots fired at business; man, 56, arrested

Sep. 12, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- A reported disturbance at Enterprise Rent-A-Car quickly escalated when the assailant brandished a gun and fired shots outside of the business, according to Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook.

The incident happened about 8 a.m., during Thursday's morning commute. The rental company is located in the 2400 block of 3rd Avenue in Huntington. No injuries were reported.

Officers arrested Clay Timothy Slash, 56, of Huntington, and charged him with three counts wanton endangerment along with a single count of intimidation of an officer and second-offense carrying a concealed weapon, all felonies. He also faces a count of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, according to court records.

Cabell County Magistrate Mike Woelfel Jr. set bond at $175,000. Slash is detained at the Western Regional Jail.

Huntington Police Lt. John Williams issued a press release stating the assailant arrived on a motorcycle, walked into the business and got into an altercation with one of the agents.

Holbrook said the stir prompted a witness to call Cabell County 911 and report a general disturbance. A second call indicated the man had brandished a weapon, followed by a third saying he had fired a couple of shots.

The release states the angry assailant fired his weapon into the air outside of the business. He then walked into the middle of 3rd Avenue, approached the Turnpike Ford Collision Center across the street and yelled at several employees.

Holbrook said an increasing number of officers responded with each call as developments quickly escalated. He explained the suspect immediately complied with officer commands, dropping both his firearm and himself to the ground. He described the assailant as agitated and mentally unstable.

Investigators recovered a small caliber handgun at the scene, the release states.

Enterprise officials deferred comment Thursday to investigators, although one employee expressed thankfulness that nobody was hurt as well as appreciation for the Huntington Police Department's quick response.

Holbrook praised the employees and area witnesses, including those passersby traveling 3rd Avenue during Thursday's routinely busy morning commute. He said they did not intervene and became good witnesses, just as police recommend.

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