GALLIPOLIS FERRY — A bizarre incident which began with reports of a man darting in and out of traffic on W.Va. 2 and ended in that man being shot in the leg, has resulted in charges being filed.
Jessie James McDerment, 36, of Ashton, has been formally charged with obstructing and assault on a law enforcement officer following the incident which occurred last Friday where he was shot by a deputy with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.
A warrant for the charges was filed in Mason County Magistrate Court and served by personnel with the West Virginia State Police. McDerment was reportedly served with the warrant on Thursday in Huntington while at St. Mary’s Medical Center. As of Friday afternoon, McDerment was no longer listed as a patient at the facility, according to a spokesperson for St. Mary’s.
Because McDerment was served with the charges in Cabell County, a Cabell County Magistrate set his bond at $10,000.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court, deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the entrance of the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam along W.Va. 2 on Friday, May 16 after receiving reports of a man darting in and out of traffic. The complaint says McDerment had almost been struck by several vehicles.
Three deputies arrived at the locks and dam to find McDerment inside a green, Chevy pickup. McDerment then rolled up the window and would not comply with deputies to roll it down and exit the vehicle, according to the complaint. Then, McDement allegedly kept reaching under the driver’s seat, telling a deputy he had a gun. At this time, deputies moved to a position of cover and continued to attempt to get McDerment to exit the vehicle with his hands in the air.
While inside the vehicle, the complaint says McDerment placed an unknown object to his head, attempting to appear as if it were a weapon. Several minutes later, and after still allegedly refusing to comply with commands to exit the vehicle, McDerment did get out of the truck in a “hostile motion” as described in the complaint and had a black object “clenched” in his hand, leaving deputies to believe it was a weapon.
McDerment then allegedly charged at a deputy who discharged his weapon into McDerment’s right leg. After the shooting, McDerment was still allegedly resisting arrest and remained agitated.
The West Virginia State Police is investigating the incident.