FAYETTEVILLE, WV (LOOTPRESS) – A man was sentenced to prison Monday on multiple felony charges stemming from an altercation during which an officer was forced to both stab and shoot the defendant in self-defense.
According to reports from the Office of the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney, on August 3, 2021 at 2:30am, authorities responded to reports of a driver traveling recklessly at high speeds along Route 19 in Fayette County.
When an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop after identifying the vehicle, the driver began attempting to evade the officer by turning off Route 19 and into the parking lot area of the Fayetteville Sheetz.
The defendant, pursued by the officer, exited his vehicle in an attempt to flee on foot before attempting to hide in some brush in an unlit area.
When the officer issued commands for the defendant to reveal himself and show his hands, the defendant refused, at which point the officer approached the individual to make an arrest.
An altercation then ensued between the two, with uneven terrain and lack of lighting reportedly contributing to the defendant’s having been able to knock the officer to the ground and get on top of him.
The defendant then began attempting to remove the officer’s firearm from his holster, at which point the officer used a knife from his duty belt to stab the individual attempting to disarm him.
The officer then drew his firearm and shot the individual several times, effectively ending the altercation.
The defendant was detained and medical aid was administered until such a time that additional officers and medical personnel made their way to the scene to transport the defendant for further medical treatment.
It later came to light that the vehicle being driven by the defendant was in fact stolen from Braxton County.
On Monday, November 3, 2022, the defendant, Jerome H. Friedman, 34 years old of Hamilton, New Jersey, was sentenced by Judge Thomas H. Ewing to prison for 2 – 5 years for the Felony charge of Unlawful Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, 1- 5 years for the Felony offense of Attempting to Disarm a Law Enforcement Officer, and 1 – 5 years for the Felony offense of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.
The defendant pleaded guilty to these offenses on September 2, 2022.
Additionally, Judge Ewing ordered all sentences issued to run consecutively, resulting in a cumulative prison sentence of 4 – 15 years.
Friedman must serve a minimum of 4 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.
The case was investigated by the West Virginia State Police and the case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ray “Wes” Toney.
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