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Stand-off gunman charged with sexual assault, having gun

Christopher Scott Phillips, the gunman involved in the North Willey Street stand-off with police Monday is charged with first-degree sexual assault and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

When officers arrived on scene, the victim, Phillips’ wife, from whom he is separated, told officers Phillips held her at gun point and made her perform sex acts, according to a criminal complaint.

Christopher Phillips surrendered to police after a short stand-off at his wife’s home on North Willey Street. After Phillips’ surrender, police found a loaded gun inside the apartment, the complaint said.

Phillips, 37, is a registered sex offender with the West Virginia State Police, according to the agency’s sex offender directory. He was convicted in 2002 of three counts of third-degree sexual assault, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse against a female victim 0-5 years old and spent 12 years and 7 months in a correctional facility.

Phillips was arraigned before Magistrate Jim Nabors on Monday. Bond was set at $55,000 and he is being held in North Central Regional Jail.