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Cedar Grove Police Chief Charged With Assault, Brandishing Charges

Reported: Feb. 26, 2014 10:13 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 3:25 PM EST
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SMITHERS, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Cedar Grove Police Chief Aaron Roop was charged Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of assault and brandishing, according to court documents.

Roop, 31, is free on bond, court officials said. Roop told Eyewitness News he turned himself in once he learned there was a warrant for his arrest.

Smithers police say they were on routine patrol on Feb. 16 when they were flagged down by three people identified as Derick Haddix, Christina Humphrey and Kayla Lykins at the Kroger in Smithers.

The individuals told police Haddix had just been assaulted by Roop. They claimed Roop came up to them in the parking lot and said, "Derick, the next time you threaten my wife and child with a firearm, I will slice your throat and kill you."

They say Roop was wearing his police uniform and driving a black unmarked cruiser.

According to the criminal complaint, the three individuals said Roop continued to try and get Haddix to fight him. They said Roop said he would take off his gun, badge and uniform. They claim that during the entire argument, Roop unsnapped his holster and kept his hand on his service weapon.

Haddix told police he "feared for his life," and "believed Roop would shoot him." Lykins then allegedly told Roop that she was calling the police and he responded "go ahead, it won't do you any good."

The three claim that when Roop was walking away, he told Haddix he would "catch him later and kill him," according to the criminal complaint.

Police said Roop called investigators and admitted to the allegations. Roop told investigators that Haddix had told his wife several days earlier that he was going to shoot her and her child. Roop also said he had reported the incident to Gauley Bridge Police.

According to the criminal complaint, Roop said the confrontation with Haddix at Kroger was to defend his family, and protect his wife and baby before something happened to her while visiting a friend.

Cedar Grove Mayor Jim Hundall said he has not made a decision on Roop's employment status, but as of Wednesday, he had not been placed on leave.

Hudnall says they will conduct their own investigation and "handle it properly." He said Roop has always been an "excellent officer."

Eyewitness News spoke with Roop via phone on Wednesday, he said he never told anyone he was going to cut their throat, and never touched his weapon.



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