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Police: Man in custody after gun situation on West Side

Charleston police say William Beasley, 29, of Charleston is being charged with wanton endangerment, strangulation and kidnapping stemming from an incident reported at a home in the 1600 block of Washington Street West. (Charleston Police Department)

Charleston police said a man faces multiple charges after a woman said he threatened her with a shotgun and held her against her will at a home on the West Side.

William Beasley, 29, of Charleston is being charged with wanton endangerment, strangulation and kidnapping stemming from an incident reported at a home about 12:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Washington Street West, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.


The woman called 911and reported there was a man in her home threatening her with a shotgun and had put it up to her head. She said he was tearing up her house and said if she went outside he would shoot her in the back.

Charleston police responded and the woman walked outside of the house. Police said they initially were uncertain if the suspect was still inside the house, so officers attempted to call him out of the residence.

There was no response from inside the house. While waiting for the SWAT and hostage negotiation teams to arrive, police learned that Beasley may be at a residence near Frame and Walnut streets, police said.

Officers went to the residence near Frame and Walnut and found the suspect and took him into custody.

Police said the woman reported that Beasley, who is her intimate partner, had strangled her and held her against her will.

Officers recovered the shotgun, which police said the suspect hid outside of the Washington Street West home where the incident occurred.

Police said Beasley has also had two active Charleston Municipal Court warrants.

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