Charleston police said then assistant state Attorney General Mark Bramble fired multiple shots from this residence in South Hills on Aug. 12, 2013.
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Charleston police said then assistant state Attorney General Mark Bramble fired multiple shots from this residence in South Hills on Aug. 12, 2013.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston attorney has been found “not criminally responsible” for a shooting that happened at his home last year. The charges were dismissed Tuesday against Mark Bramble.

The 50-year-old Bramble was arrested last August and charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment after police said he fired multiple shots from his house in a South Hills community. No one was injured.

Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster agreed with three forensic psychiatrists who examined Bramble and reached similar conclusions about his state of mind during the incident. They said he was competent to stand trial but not criminally responsible. One doctor said he was bipolar at the time.

(Read Judge Webster’s order dismissing charges here.)

The charges were dismissed with prejudice, which means they cannot be filed again. The special prosecutor in the case did not object to the dismissal motion from Bramble’s attorney.

Bramble was hired in 2012 as an assistant attorney general in the state Attorney General’s Office. He submitted his resignation just days before the shooting.

A neighbor spoke with MetroNews right after the shooting took place.

“I believe it’s domestic because the man’s wife, girlfriend, whatever came running down the street,” Lacy said. “They placed her in an ambulance. They took her away and then brought her back.”

The neighbor reported hearing a second round of shooting, which sounded “like an AK-47 or a machine gun-type weapon.”

Bramble spent time in jail and at a state mental hospital. He remains under care.

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Comments

  • The Answer

    One doctor said " he was bipolar at the time."
    Someone explain to me how you can be bipolar one minute and cured the next.
    I take that statement for what it's worth.
    A sleazy lawyer trick to cover one of their buddies behind.

  • arp

    If any of the below commenters had ever had any experience with a family member who has bipolar disorder, they MIGHT be a little more sympathetic. But, no, since the man is a lawyer, they suspect and accuse everyone of the worst. Trust me on this, the policing of lawyers is very, very harsh--more so than against misbehaving doctors and certainly more than against police. Moreover, this man's career is probably fatally damaged by this episode. The couple may even have lost their home by now, who knows. So what would jailing a person with a mental illness accomplish?

    • really

      what.....really....if police or doctors make a mistake in there job, they can go to jail....you are obviously an ambulance chaser yourself.....idiot

  • hailey

    If the guy would have been a minority how many people think this story would have had a different ending? Very sad but predictable given the inter workings of our judicial system.

  • Karma

    No surprise here - I knew this guy would get off with a slight tap of the hand. Unfortunately, the "average" WV man or woman wouldn't have been so lucky.

  • Jim N Charleston

    God Bless our judicial system. All men are treated equal.

    All I got
    I'm Jim N So Charleston
    L8

  • Fred

    Another reason why regular citizens have no faith at all in our legal system from the cop on the beat on up to the state supreme court.

  • Karl

    Lawyers gone bad have history. Gazette reporters should research and run stories on their escapades like they do on policemen.

  • zero tolerance

    Attorney disciplining attorneys.

  • Roger

    Well I hope the big thumb from the sky pays them a visit soon. They will get theirs someday. How can this BS still go on I this day and age. Where is the federal oversight? Where is the governor? Oh, that's right, he's part of it.

  • Walker

    I can't believe this crap. Above the law still prevails in this state for law enforcement, lawyers, judges and politicians. Unbelievable.

  • The Answer

    Just read which judge had the case, enough said....

  • More politics and graft

    OMG. More truth that the attorneys and judges are above the law. Here is the proof. Piece of shot should have at least been charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm. This is unbelievable. They are all above the law.

  • In da stickes

    Professional courtesy.

  • Dumb Liberals

    First question that comes to mind is, Does he still possess firearms? I believe he may be in violation of federal laws if he does. After all, he's been in the loony tune bin and so adjudicated.

    • Drama Queen Conservative Troll

      How come you are not defending his right to bear arms?

  • Rls

    Just another example of the "good ole boy" corruption. Pathetic!

    • proudlyconservative

      He served under two attorneys general. Which are you calling corrupt?

      • Wayne

        Both and everyone involved as officers of the court. I can't believe this crap.