Sheriff: Man accused of stealing car at gunpoint, ramming cruiser arrested

Putnam County's sheriff says Bernard Dean Legg of Cross Lanes has been taken into custody. (West Virginia State Police)

Putnam County’s sheriff said a man accused of stealing a car at gunpoint and ramming a Mason County deputy's cruiser has been taken into custody.

Bernard Deal Legg of Cross Lanes was captured about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Hurricane Marathon on Route 817 by Hurricane Creek, Sheriff Steve Deweese said.

State troopers said they attempted to pull Legg over Oct. 13 for improper registration when he took off, leading police on a pursuit. Troopers said he had two passengers and a dog with him in the vehicle.

During the pursuit, Legg crashed the vehicle on Millstone Road, State Police said. Troopers said the vehicle flipped multiple times. The dog was ejected from the vehicle and killed.

After the crash, Legg took off on foot and broke into a nearby home where he stole a shotgun, State Police said. Troopers said he used the shotgun to hold up the homeowners and demanded they give him a car that was parked in the driveway.

After stealing the homeowner's car, troopers said, he crashed head on into a Mason County deputy's cruiser on Duncan Creek Road.

Troopers said the deputy suffered minor injuries.

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