MOOREFIELD, W.Va. (WUSA9) -- Earlier this week a Facebook fan alerted us about a video he said showed a Moorefield police officer hitting a suspect with an SUV. We have now obtained an official statement from the Moorefield Police Department.
Chief Steven D. Reckart writes:
"On the night of February 2, 2014 at approximately 9:30 P.M., an officer with the Moorefield Police Department initiated a lawful traffic stop in the Moorefield Sheetz Parking lot. Subsequent to the traffic stop, a question arose involving narcotics possession, which led to the arrest of the driver. During the arrest process, the suspect driver became combative and non-compliant with the arresting officer. The arresting officer of the Moorefield Police Department and a West Virginia State Trooper were able to regain control of the scene momentarily, but the driver managed to escape custody and flee on foot. During the attempt to apprehend the fleeing suspect, another detained individual was injured. There is an ongoing internal and criminal investigation into all aspects of this matter."
In the statement, police do not say that the man was injured by an officer's car. The description for the video posted on Facebook, however, says, "This video from last night at sheetz in moorefield shows where the moorefield officer runs over a innocent man laying on the ground and all but kills him."
As of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the video had more than 6,370 shares on Facebook.