Cedar Grove Police Chief Arrested on Brandishing and Assault Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

SMITHERS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A police chief is facing charges after an alleged confrontation with a man in a grocery store parking lot.

Cedar Grove Police Chief Aaron Roop, 31, has been charged with misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor brandishing.

According to the criminal complaint, on February 16, Roop confronted a man and two women in the parking lot of a grocery store in Smithers and told the man, "(Name) the next time you threaten my wife and child with a firearm, I will slice your throat and kill you."

Roop told investigators that prior to this incident, the man had told Roop's wife that he was going to shoot her and their child.

Witnesses to the incident say that Roop was trying to get the man to fight him, and that he said he would take off his gun, badge and uniform.

They say during the argument, Roop unsnapped his holster and kept his hand on his service weapon.

When one of the witnesses said she was going to call police, she told investigators that Roop said, "Go ahead, it won't do you any good."

The witnesses said when Roop was walking back his unmarked cruiser, he told the man that he would catch him later and kill him, according to the complaint.

An officer with the Smithers Police Department says that Roop called him and told him about the incident and agreed to come in the next time the officer was working to give a statement. The officer says Roop later called and said he wouldn't be able to make the appointment and faxed his statement.

According to the criminal complaint, Roop said the confrontation happened because he was defending his family and protecting his wife and child before something happened to her.

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