UPDATE (8/4 @ 5 p.m.) – The Oak Hill detachment of the West Virginia State Police have formally filed criminal charges against an individual who engaged in an altercation on Tuesday.
Jerome Howard Friedman, 32, of Hamilton, New Jersey now has criminal warrants pending for Malicious Assault, Obstructing-Attempt to Disarm an Officer, and Fleeing with Reckless Indifference.
The series of events began when Friedman allegedly stole a vehicle in Flatwoods (Braxton County) a few hours earlier. The Fayette County 911 center received notification that this vehicle was traveling through Fayetteville at an extremely high rate of speed.
The Deputy spotted the vehicle and witnessed it turn into the Sheets store at Whitewater Avenue. During a struggle with the driver after he fled on foot the subject attempted to take the Deputy’s firearm from him, which led to the eventual discharging of the firearm.
Friedman is currently recovering from gunshot wound injuries sustained during the incident. He will be taken into formal custody upon his eventual discharge from medical treatment.
FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A New Jersey man is being treated for gunshot wounds sustained during an incident with a Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The incident occurred after the subject fled on foot from a stolen vehicle and engaged in an altercation with the Deputy.
The investigation into this incident is being conducted by the West Virginia State Police.