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West Virginia deputy’s social media post about training following fight with college athlete goes viral


A West Virginia Sheriff’s Deputy had a harrowing close encounter with a violent suspect, but lived to tell the tale- thanks to her trusty K-9 companion.

Last Friday, Brooke County Sheriff’s Deputy Kristen Richmond was forced into a five minute hand-to-hand struggle with a drugged, naked man who stood nearly six feet tall and weighed nearly 200 pounds.

Posting on her Facebook profile after the incident, the battered and bruised Richmond recounted the event, which nearly cost the young deputy her life.

“Early this morning I found myself in a full-out fight with a 5’11, 195lb collegiate male athlete who was gooned up on an unknown drug (I’m assuming some sort of dissociative anesthetic),” she wrote. “It was me and him for about five minutes. During said altercation, my glasses were shattered and knocked off my face, none of my radio transmissions got out, and a ton of equipment was stripped from my vest and duty belt. I managed to stay in the fight and maintain some control despite exchanging punches and knees with the subject.”

Despite using a baton and deploying her K-9 partner, the man was not deterred, the drugs in his system working in his favor.

Eventually, other deputies figured out where Richmond was and came to her aid- just in the nick of time.

“My guys found me and my K-9 engaged,” she wrote. “If it wasn’t for them intervening when they did the outcome probably would have been much worse…They are literally the best partners I could ask for. One of them apologized because I was fighting for so long, which was obviously not his fault at all. “

Eventually, the suspect was subdued and EMS was able to transport Richmond to the hospital for wound treatment. Her injuries included a broken nose, sinus fractures, and minor bumps and lacerations to her hands, face, and head.

Richmond posted the after-action report to social media as a lesson for all who take to patrolling the streets on a daily basis.

“First and foremost, I implore you to train!” she wrote. “Thank God I do. You don’t want to be in the fight for your life wishing you had done more to prepare for that exact moment.”

Across the country, many law enforcement trainers promote training for close-quarters combat, advising that one maintains physical fitness and trains in skills such as hand-to-hand combat, weapons retention and deployment of a backup weapon, such as a knife.

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