EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCleveland Man Arrested Following Pursuit Near Greyhound Station
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Katy Brown
Reported: Aug. 23, 2013 10:46 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 24, 2013 7:46 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Charleston Police said a drug suspect was arrested Friday after he fired a shot at them.
Police stationed at Charleston's Greyhound bus garage said they noticed some suspicious activity at about 10 p.m.
They said they approached the suspect, James Otis Herod III, 32, and he handed them drugs he was carrying.
But when they went to take him in for questioning, they said the suspect panicked.
Lt. Steve Cooper, of Charleston police, said Herod fled and fired a gun at officers, but missed and no one was injured.
The suspect was taken in front of judge Saturday morning.
People in the community said they were glad to see police fighting to get more drugs off the streets.
"Keep it out, because we actually have a drug problem," Stephanie Gomez of Cross Lanes, said.
Police said Herod told them he was waiting for his girlfriend to pick him up at the
Greyhound bus station in Charleston. Police said he looked nervous, so they approached him.
"Officers were watching the bus station for possible drug activity," Sgt. Bobby Eggleston, of Charleston police, said.
Cooper said police regularly watch the station.
"That is one of the hubs where drugs are trafficked in, so we have a pretty high presence there," he said.
Police said Herod willingly handed over a small about of marijuana.
But when police were taking him in for questioning and a pat down search, they said Herod took off, running across the street.
That's when police said he fired a single shot at officers.
But police said, as a seven-time felony offender, Herod never should have had a gun to begin with.
Luckily, officers were not hit by the bullet. Herod was the only one injured before being arrested.
It was just the latest arrest that makes a dent in Charleston's efforts to clean up the community.
“We are aggressively pursuing any drugs that are being brought in from out of town and aggressively pursuing the criminals who bring them," Cooper said.
A Cleveland man was arrested Friday after a pursuit with police near the Greyhound bus depot in Charleston.
According to a criminal complaint, a Charleston officer said he received confidential information that James Otis Herod III, 32, of Cleveland could be involved in criminal activity.
Herod was located in the bus terminal with luggage in hand. The officer said he asked him he had anything illegal on him and that Herod admitted to possession of marijuana, which was handed over.
The officer said he asked Herod to follow him to a nearby office for questioning and a pat down search. Herod was said to have agreed. The officer said while walking to the office, Herod dropped his luggage and ran out the door leading to Washington Street.
The officer said while pursuing Herod, he heard what sounded like a single gunshot and that he saw Herod stumble.
Two plainclothes police detectives joined in the pursuit and said they also heard a gunshot and saw Herod stumble.
The two detectives said they pursued Herod and found him lying face down on the ground. After securing Herod, the detectives said they found a highpoint 9mm with nine out of 10 rounds present near some shrubs.
The detectives said they interviewed Herod and that admitted to handing over the marijuana to the officer and said he fled because he had more narcotics in his possession. Detectives said at no point did Herod admit to firing a weapon and that he said he overheard a gun shot.
Detectives said observations of Herod’s clothing indicated it was likely he had discharged the weapon while trying to pull it from his hoodie. Several holes were found on his shorts and hoodie and gun power-like residue was found on his T-shirt, detectives said.
Herod had seven felony convictions and is a prohibited from possessing firearms, police said.
Herod was charged with violating the prohibition. He was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
A suspect was detained Friday after police said he shot at an officer at the Greyhound bus depot in Charleston.
A Charleston officer on duty saw the suspect and said he suspected drug activity.
The officer approached the suspect, and a fight broke out.
Police said the suspect fired at the officer.
The officer was not hit, and the suspect was detained after a short pursuit.
Police said they found a gun. The suspect's name has not been released.
Police were on the scene of a shots fired call In Charleston Friday and were working to figure out just what caused a fight to end in gunfire.
Metro 911 dispatchers said a brawl broke out at the Greyhound bus depot and spread to the Charleston Arbors where people said they could hear shots being fired.
Police arrested at least one person. No one was reported injured.
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