Man Hit By Police Car in Moorefield

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MOOREFIELD, W.Va. (WHSV) -- A Moorefield police car ran over part of the hand of a man in custody Sunday in a Sheetz parking lot and another man is now on the run.

Authorities are searching for Tyler Riggleman after he fled the Sheetz in handcuffs.

"I'm not saying he does drugs, I'm not saying it at all. I have seen him from time to time do drugs, who doesn't do drugs, my grandmother's on drugs. Your aunt your cousins, everyone's on drugs. Prescription drugs. That's fine right? Smoke a little pot, you go to jail," said Jerry Riggleman, Tyler's father, who is incensed over charges his son faces.

The goal for people and police who have seen the cell phone video, attached to this story, is to figure out what actually happened in the Sheetz parking lot.

Kelly Kipp, a bystander, shot the video and saw three men pulled over, "She pulled in behind them, I thought it was just kind of odd. She didn't have no lights on or nothing."

Moorefield Police Chief Steven Reckart said a question arose involving narcotics possession and that there were drugs and paraphernalia in the car.

Kipp said one of the men, Tyler, ran off in cuffs and then, what is not caught on the cell phone video, Sgt. M. A. Burroughs, a Moorefield police officer, ran over part of Jason Russell's arm.

"She tried to get in the vehicle and apprehend the fleeing suspect. And there were so many things going on at one time, that she simply made a mistake and she stayed to make sure that medical attention and ambulance was taken care of, " said Reckart.

Tyler is still on the run facing drug charges and police said he has a history of run ins with police.

Burroughs is now on leave, which was planned before this incident, according to Reckart.

"She has an exemplary record, she is very aggressive and does a fine job and I'm proud to have her with me," said Reckart, "and the reason it's safe is because we work, and we work, you run into a lot of situations, if I were, my officers sat around and did nothing, we wouldn't run into any problems," said Reckart.

Jerry said Tyler plans to turn himself into police.

Moorefield police said currently Tyler is still on the run and charged with possession with intent to deliver both meth and marijuana as well as battery on a police officer, among eight total charges.


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