A Craigsville man was in Middle River Regional Jail Friday on an attempted murder charge stemming from a shotgun blast fired at his brother the day before.
Thomas Marhx, 42, is also charged with five other offenses, including discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling, use or display of a firearm in the commission of felony, attempted felonious assalt, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and unlawful use of a telephone.
Augusta County Sheriff's investigator Paul McCormick said the Thursday incident that led to the charges was a domestic one. Marhx was involved in a confrontation with his mother in the family's Craigsville residence when his brother tried to intervene.
Marhx is charged with firing a single-shot, older model shotgun at his brother. The brother was not hit. A second shot hit the ceiling of the home.
After Marhx was taken into custody by the Sheriff's Office, he told them he had activated a device in the home.
McCormick said the residence on Madison Street in Craigsville had to be evacuated and searched by Virginia State Police special agents.
No bomb was found.