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Administrative Error Leads To Altercation Between Homeless Man And Police

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A homeless man is in jail after an administrative error led to an altercation with officers from the Beckley Police Department. Raymond Troy Daugherty, 35, has been charged with obstructing an officer after an unauthorized campfire set off an unfortunate chain of events.

On the morning of Wednesday, April 14, while traveling on Robert C. Byrd Drive, officers from the Beckley Police Department “observed heavy smoke coming from under the bridge over Cova Street.”

According to the criminal complaint, officers located what they described as “a large campfire” beneath the bridge, along with two individuals, identified as Victoria Lawson and Raymond Troy Daugherty. Officers instructed Lawson and Daugherty to extinguish the fire, which they did.

Officers then performed a search for active warrants on both Lawson and Daugherty, at which time they were allegedly advised by the Records Division of the Beckley Police Department that Daugherty had an outstanding warrant through the West Virginia State Police for unlawful sexual contact with a minor. Daugherty was then taken into custody.

As explained in the criminal complaint, the officers allege that Daugherty refused to comply, and had to be physically placed in the back of the police vehicle.

Once inside, Daugherty reportedly “started screaming and became violent”, and “began slamming his head into the partition that separates the prisoner area from the driver compartment.”

Officers then reportedly stopped the vehicle and “administered a short burst of OC Spray (pepper spray) to Daugherty’s face in an effort to prevent him from destroying property and to stop him from hurting himself.”

Due to the escalation of the situation, Daugherty was transported directly to Southern Regional Jail for processing. It was then discovered that the “outstanding warrant” had “already been served in August 2020 but it hadn’t been taken out of the system.”

Raymond Troy Daugherty remains incarcerated at Southern Regional Jail on the charge of obstructing an officer. His bail has been set at $1,000 cash-bond or surety.

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