Police identify man charged with murder, attacking officer

February 12, 2020 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police have identified the West Virginia man charged in a violent crime spree that ended when he was shot after hitting an officer with an iron, authorities said Wednesday.

Joshua Andrew Drennen, 27, has been charged with murder, robbery, attempted murder and malicious wounding following the melee Tuesday in Charleston.

The Clendenin man is accused of killing an elderly woman in her home, carjacking a vehicle from a woman in a Walgreens parking lot, trying to steal another car and then attacking an officer with an antique iron before the officer shot him, according to the Charleston Police Department.

Police said the patrolman, Terrence Casto, was not seriously hurt and was discharged from a hospital shortly after the attack Tuesday. Drennen was still hospitalized Wednesday. A court clerk said he has not yet hired a lawyer.

The deceased female victim was identified as 77-year-old Barbara Steele. Authorities said she died of blunt force trauma to the head. The woman who was carjacked also had blunt force trauma to the head and was hospitalized.