Man faces multiple charges after fracas at Logan drug store

The Logan Banner reports that Ralph Shaun New, 40, of Hope is charged with battery on a police officer, assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, obstructing and escape following an incident Sunday at the Rite Aid in Logan. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

A Summers County man faces multiple charges after Logan police said he punched an officer, tried to grab an officer’s weapon and was finally subdued with the help of a deputy and two Logan County 911 dispatchers, the Logan Banner reported.

Ralph Shawn New, 40, of Hinton is charged with battery on a police officer, assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct, obstructing and escape following an incident Sunday at the Rite Aid in Logan.

Patrolman James Sheppard of the Logan Police Department arrived to investigate a report that a man was causing a disturbance at the store. The officer made contact with the suspect, who was talking to his father on a bystander’s cell phone.

When the officer asked New to step outside, he reportedly started to scream, “You’re going to kill me. You are not a real cop,” the criminal complaint said.

Police said New wouldn’t cooperate and lay down on his stomach inside the store. After the officer was able to get him outside, he continued not to cooperate and refused to give his name. The suspect then went back to the store and struck the officer several times with his fist when he went inside after him, the newspaper reported.

The officer finally was able to force him outside and knocked him to the sidewalk. While he was trying to handcuff him, the suspect reportedly tried to grab the officer’s weapon. The complaint said the suspect also tried to grab the officer’s radio and talk on it.

Two Logan County 911 dispatchers arrived and helped get the suspect in handcuffs. The officer and dispatchers picked the suspect off the ground and tried to get him into the vehicle, but he grabbed the grill of the cruiser.

After giving the suspect two doses of pepper spray, Sheppard and the dispatchers were able to get the suspect into the cruiser. He continued to resist inside the vehicle and tried to put the car into gear. A deputy from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office arrived to help and they were able to put handcuffs and restraints on the suspect’s legs.

Sheppard, the Logan police officer, sustained minor injuries while making the arrest.

New is currently being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on $$30,000 bond.

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