ROSSMORE, W.Va. — A former Logan police officer was arrested July 21 after he allegedly assaulted a deputy with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD).
Deputy R.L. Johnson reports he received a dispatch to the Rossmore area of Logan County concerning a welfare check on someone who had allegedly ingested a large amount of medication.
While he was on his way to the welfare check, Johnson was reportedly notified by Logan County 911 there had previously been a “be on the look out” notice issued for a male subject driving a vehicle under the influence.
Johnson notes he was met at the door of the residence to which he was dispatched by former policeman for the City of Logan Mark Dickerson.
Dickerson allegedly issued profanity to Johnson. The criminal complaint filed by Johnson states, “As I was standing at the door, [Dickerson] yelled in a loud voice, “Leave my house mother…”
Johnson reports he informed Dickerson he had come to check his well being because of a 911 call; however, Dickerson allegedly continued raise his voice and act in an aggressive manner.
Dickerson allegedly threw more profanity at Johnson saying, “I will help end this now, mother…” before he turned to enter a bedroom.
Johnson reportedly gave Dickerson several commands to stop before he grabbed Dickerson’s wrist and told him to step outside and remain calm.
The complaint adds, “[Dickerson] then attempted to move his left hand towards me in an aggressive manner attempting to shove me away from him.”
A struggle reportedly ensued which ended with Dickerson on the ground in handcuffs.
On his way to the police cruiser, Dickerson allegedly made threats to police officers saying he would kill them and he hoped they would die.
Following his processing at the LCSD, Dickerson was reportedly refused entry into the regional jail due to his possible medical status.
Dickerson was later cleared to be an inmate at the jail by Logan Regional Medical Center.
Dickerson is charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer, assault on an officer and disorderly conduct.
If he is found guilty, Dickerson could be forced to spend 366 days in a state correctional facility and pay up to $800 in fines.
Bond was set to $5,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]