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Posted on: October 7, 2019

Morgantown Police Officer Attacked, Suspect Arrested

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At approximately 1:35 a.m., on Oct. 6, officers of the Morgantown Police Department were transporting a prisoner to the Monongalia County Sheriff’s office for transfer to the North Central Regional Jail.

An officer entered the sally port at the Sheriff’s office and observed a person attempting to sneak into the sally port. The officer radioed for another unit to come to the area. A second officer entered the sally port to confront the intruder and was attacked by the suspect. The suspect and officer were engaged in a physical altercation during which the suspect began choking and strangling the officer. Officers came to assist and restrained the suspect.

Following the altercation, the suspect was arrested and charged with Malicious Assault and Strangulation. The suspect was not processed due to his combative nature and is being held at the North Central Regional Jail pending processing and arraignment.

The suspect is identified as Chad William LECLAIR, 18 years of age of Fredrick, Maryland. He is pending arraignment for Malicious Assault and Strangulation.

The officer involved in the altercation received cuts, scrapes and contusions as a result of the attack, and was treated and released by medical authorities.

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