UPDATE: Man Charged With Wheeling Federal Building Threat

By: The Associated Press Email
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UPDATE 2/21/2014 2:10 PM

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A Wheeling man is charged with threatening to shoot up a federal building that was previously targeted by a gunman who was killed by police.

According to media reports, 43-year-old Charles Edwin Coffman is charged with threating to commit a terrorist act. The felony charge is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Wheeling police say a woman who was with Coffman on Wednesday told them that he said: "If everything keeps going like this, I am going to do what the cop did to the federal building, and I can get the guns."

Coffman was apparently referencing an October incident in which former police officer Thomas Piccard fired 26 shots into at the federal courthouse before being shot and killed by authorities.

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UPDATE 10/10/2013 4:07 PM

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Neighbors of a former police officer who fired at a federal courthouse in West Virginia before being killed say the man had recently revealed he had cancer.

Security remained tight at the courthouse in Wheeling on Thursday while investigators tried to find out why the man fired up to two dozen shots at the building before officers returned fire and killed him.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger identified the gunman as 55-year-old Thomas J. Piccard, of Bridgeport, Ohio. He was a former Wheeling police officer who left the force in 2000.

While investigators have yet to reveal a motive, trailer park residents Mahlon Shields and Lori LeMasters said Piccard had disclosed in the past few days that he had stomach cancer.

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Police say a retired police officer armed with two weapons fired up to two dozen shots at a U.S. courthouse in West Virginia before police returned fire and killed him.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger identified the gunman in Wednesday afternoon's shooting as 55-year-old Thomas J. Piccard of Bridgeport, Ohio. He is a retired Wheeling police officer.

At a news conference late Wednesday, Schwertfeger said Piccard was armed with an assault weapon and a handgun.

He also said three on-duty security officers were injured by flying debris during the onslaught.

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Updated: 10/9/13 7:54

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - The mayor of a West Virginia city where a man was killed by police after firing multiple rounds at a U.S. courthouse says the gunman was retired police officer.

Updated: 10/09/2013 9:28 P.M.

Wheeling Mayor Andy McKenzie says police who briefed him after Wednesday's courthouse assault told him the man was a 20-year-plus veteran of the force. He says the man retired 13 years ago.

McKenzie said the retired officer's name was not being released immediately.

U.S. marshals said the man used what they described as an assault-type rifle to fire 15 to 25 shots at the Wheeling Federal Building.

One person was injured inside by flying debris

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Updated: 10/09/2013 6:35 P.M.

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia State Police say a man who fired several rounds at the federal courthouse in Wheeling has died after being shot by police.

State police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous confirmed that the man died Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Services says officers fired at the man after he shot up to two dozen rounds at the courthouse.

Marshals Service Chief Deputy Mike Claxton says one person inside the courthouse suffered minor injuries. Baylous did not have the gunman's identity or any information about him.

The U.S. Marshals Service says the man fired between 15 and 25 shots at the court building with what they described as an assault-style rifle.

Police are seeking a motive.

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - The U.S. Marshals Service says a man with an assault-type rifle fired 15 to 20 shots at the federal courthouse in Wheeling. W.Va., before security officers returned fire, critically wounding the man.

Chief deputy Mike Claxton of the Marshals Service in northern West Virginia says one officer was hurt by shattered glass inside the courthouse during Wednesday's shooting but no other injuries were reported.

Claxton says the gunman was in a parking lot across from the courthouse downtown. He says officials are attempting to determine a motive.

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