Man charged with attempted murder
HUNTINGTON -- A Lavalette man was arrested on an attempted murder charge after Huntington Police officers say he pulled a loaded gun on them.
Melvin Adkins, 58, has also been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm for the alleged incident that occurred around 7:18 p.m. Oct. 8 outside the Save-A-Lot grocery store in the 900 block of West 14th Street.
According to court documents, officers were dispatched to the store on the report of an intoxicated person and found the man inside when they arrived. Officers escorted him outside the store and called medics to have him examined.
While the man was seated at a picnic table, he pulled out a handgun, cocked its hammer and raised it toward officers, who were able to strip the gun from his hand. He was then transported to a hospital for observation.
Adkins has five prior felony convictions dating back to 1973. Two of those were drug related.
Adkins faces three to 15 years in prison on the attempted murder charge. The firearm charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
He is currently being held in the Western Regional Jail on a $110,000 cash only bond.
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