Man Allegedly Threatens Family with Axe; Faces Attempted Murder Charges
By Kelsey Kennedy, Producer/Digital Journalist - email
WILBUR, W.Va. -
A man with a restraining order against him broke down the door to his own home in Tyler County. His wife and kids were forced to run and hide in the woods, but its what he used to commit this crime that's disturbing.
The sheriff says his department received many calls about what started as a domestic incident in Wilbur.
Howard Shriver's neighbors were the first to call 911 when they saw him driving down the lane to his house without his headlights on. They knew his family had a restraining order against him.
Tyler County Sheriff Bob Kendle says Shriver broke down the door to his home with an axe, threatening his wife and children.
They tried to get away in their car, but Shriver shattered the windows. At that point Mrs. Shriver and her children ran to hide in the woods. Luckily, it worked because Shriver left without harming them.
"I think if things went farther there's a great chance he might have harmed them," he says. "He knew he had a protective order against him, and he went to the residence anyway. We're investigating the possibility that he was around the residence the night before the incident occurred."
Shriver was arrested by Shinnston Police in Harrison County West Virginia after leaving the scene of the incident. He's facing a 3rd offense DUI felony charge in Harrison County.
In Tyler County Shriver's been charged with attempted murder, night time burglary, and violation of a protective order.
Shriver was arraigned by Tyler County Magistrate Mike Griffin, and is being held in the Northern Central Regional Jail on $500,000 bond.