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Court records say Charleston police officer charged with battery in January fight

Chelsea N. McCoy, 22, turned herself in to authorities, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. She is facing a battery charge after getting into a fight with another woman at a party in January. (WCHS/WVAH)

A Charleston police officer who is facing a battery charge turned herself in to authorities Thursday night.

Chelsea N. McCoy, 22, turned herself in to authorities, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. She is facing a battery charge after getting into a fight with another woman at a party in January.

The complaint said McCoy and another woman got into a fight that escalated into a physical fight. During the fight, the complaint said McCoy punched and kicked the other woman.

McCoy told police she was acting in self-defense after the other woman grabbed her by the hair first and bit her on the foot.

The complaint said both women were intoxicated and both refused to cooperate with West Virginia State Police.

After conducting multiple interviews and investigating, a prosecutor advised state police to file charges.

McCoy has resigned from the department.

The Charleston Police Department released the following statement Thursday night:

An internal investigation was being conducted by the Charleston Police Department and during which time McCoy was on paid administrative leave. McCoy has since resigned from the Charleston Police Department.
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