While on an unrelated call during the early morning of Saturday June 27, SAPD officers Sgt. Philip Bass and Ptl. Sheila McCuskey, heard a gunshot in the Hilawn area of St. Albans. Within a minute of that at about 1:00am, SAPD was dispatched to a disturbance in the 2300 block of Jefferson Avenue which is within the area where the gunshot was heard. The caller mentioned someone had a gun at this disturbance. Sgt. Bass and Ptl. McCuskey responded. While approaching the scene, they heard a lot of yelling and saw three people on the sidewalk as they arrived. They ordered the three to the ground for officer safety reasons.
When asked who had the gun, all three said a guy inside had it. When a man came out of the house, all three pointed to him as having had the gun. This man, Bryan G. Mace (47 y.o.a. from St. Albans) was in turn detained and checked for weapons. During this check the man said the gun in question was upstairs in the home with another man. When officers checked, this person pointed out where the gun was which officers recovered.
One of the men on the scene said Mr. Mace pointed the gun at him. After he left the immediate area, he heard a shot being fired. Mr. Mace admitted to firing a shot in to the air even pointed out where he was standing and aiding Sgt. Bass in locating the shell casing ejected from the handgun. He was arrested for Wanton Endangerment which is a felony. He was taken to the South Central Regional Jail to await arraignment.
Everyone arrested is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.