CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A deputy was attacked by a man at a Rand residence after responding to a call about a woman who had overdosed on pills, said Capt. Sean Crosier, spokesman for the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy R.D. Meadows was dispatched at 1 a.m. Saturday to 5118 Raven Drive in Rand in response to a call that a woman had taken an overdose of medication. While on his way, a dispatcher said a man had called to say that was not true and the woman needed no medical attention.
The deputy continued to the residence, where he was confronted by Lawrence P. Richmond, 47, of that address, Crosier said.
The deputy was told the woman was OK and had not taken any medication. When Meadows asked to see the woman, the man became belligerent and began yelling. Meadows found the woman slumped over in a chair and appearing to come in and out of consciousness.
The deputy called for an ambulance. Paramedics examined the woman at the scene, but as they left with her for hospital transport, Richmond tried to strike the deputy, who diverted the attack. The man then attempted a tackle maneuver, and the deputy used a taser to stop the aggressive behavior, Crosier said.
Richmond was taken to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, where he refused fingerprinting and requested medical attention due to small bruising caused by the taser, Crosier said.
He was taken to Thomas Memorial Hospital before being transported to South Central Regional Jail.