This incident occurred on Friday July 23rd 2010 at 106 South Raleigh Street. Police officers responded to the residence in reference to a disturbance along with EMT personnel from The Martinsburg Fire Dept. A suicidal threat had been made and a firearm taken from this subject, Matthew Ball.
It was also later learned that Mr. Ball had allegedly made statements to EMT personnel regarding future actions while being transported to Martinsburg City Hospital. He said that he had recently purchased a 9 MM handgun and also that he owned a hunting rifle. He said that he was feuding with his family and that the next time it happened he would take both firearms into his bedroom and would lock the door. Mr. Ball also stated that if the police were called, that he would shoot whoever came to the bedroom door to get him.
Since the issuance of this threat the Martinsburg Fire Dept. had changed policy in accordance with this threat and stated that EMT'S will not enter the residence without it first being cleared by the Martinsburg Police Department. It was advised that the threat was received as credible and legitimate to both the Martinsburg Fire Department and the Martinsburg Police Department and that both agencies are agencies of the Municipality of Martinsburg WV.
Therefore based on the fact that Mr. Ball had previously been taken to City Hospital for suicidal threats, and has access to two firearms and by him stating he would shoot officers if they responded to his residence it was the belief of the police that Mr. Ball did make a terroristic threat in violation of WV State Code.
A warrant was issued for his arrest by State Magistrate Joan Bragg on 8 13 10. He was taken into custody at his residence and was later arraigned by a State Magistrate.
Arrested: Mathew Edward Ball DOB 3/25/87 listing an address of 106 South Raleigh Street Martinsburg WV