Police: Man shoots himself in the buttocks with stolen gun


August 3 — WILKES-BARRE — A man who reportedly smoked marijuana all day and smelled an alcoholic beverage, shot himself in the buttocks Monday with a stolen .45 caliber pistol near Public Square.

William Delanor Stokes, 45, of East Union Street, Wilkes-Barre, was discovered on his buttocks when he confronted officers who stopped his friend on East Union Street at about 5 p.m., according to court records.

Police allege Stokes shot and killed himself in a parking lot near 19 N. Main St.

According to the indictment:

Stokes and two men were hanging out in the parking lot when they were asked to leave for Blue Cross by a security guard. Stokes and companions left, but later returned to the parking lot where they got into an argument.

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Police said one of the men reached into his waistband when a shot was heard, causing Stokes and the two men to run off toward East Union Street.

Police said they found a used .45-cal slug, blood and a piece of denim in the parking lot.

As officers searched the area, a man was spotted in an ailing position on a bench on East Union Street.

Officers approached the man who had an overpowering smell of burnt marijuana and an alcoholic beverage.

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As officers detained the man for public intoxication, Stokes emerged and shouted, “Why are you arresting him?” says the complaint.

Police said Stokes on East Union Street was obstructing traffic and had a smell of alcohol and burnt marijuana.

During a pat-down search, officers noticed Stokes was bleeding from his bottom and had a hole in his jeans, consistent with the piece of denim found in the parking lot, the indictment said.

Police in the complaint say the three men drank and smoked marijuana all day and were in the parking lot at 19 N. Main St. where a Stokes firearm hidden in his waistband was unloaded. After the shooting, Stokes and the three men fled to Stokes’ apartment at 22 E. Union St., where police recovered the Colt .45-cal pistol that was allegedly stolen from Wilkes-Barre Police in November 2015. was listed.

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Stokes was charged by District Judge James J. Haggerty in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of receiving stolen property, not carrying unlicensed firearms, and reckless danger. He was jailed in the county correctional facility for wanting $35,000 bail.


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