(02/05/2011)
MAN DIES AFTER CHARLESTON DRUG BUST - Some Charleston and Huntington neighborhoods are getting more dangerous every year, linked to drug dealing, with numerous murders on the books during the past 12 months.

One person died yesterday afternoon when a drug buy by the Metro Drug Unit turned bad on Charleston's West Side.

Police were reportedly investigating Stiney Richards, 38 of Detroit, who sold them a large amount of cocaine.

While trying to arrest Richards, he got in his car and tried to flee.

During his escape effort, Richards tried to ram officers. That's when police opened fire. Richards was hit, but kept driving, they said.

He traveled a few blocks and crashed into another car. Richards later died from his injuries.

One officer was hit by Richards' car and was taken to the hospital.

Richards died on the way to the hospital.

Police cordoned off an area of several blocks following the shooting, reportedly looking for other individuals connected to the incident.

Last week, a member of the Metro Drug Unit was shot in the hand while serving a warrant in St. Albans.

MAN PULLS GUN ON GIRLFRIEND'S NEW BOYFRIEND - A Randolph County man has been arrested after he allegedly pulled a handgun on his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, Thursday police said.

The incident happen outside of Elkins.

David Tackett, 43, of Mill Creek confronted his ex-girlfriend and the her new boyfriend, who had been in separate vehicles.

Police said Tackett approached the new boyfriend car's and pulled out a 38-caliber special revolver.

Deputies soon showed up on scene and cornered Tackett's vehicle as he tried to leave. He surrendered without incident.

Two loaded 38-caliber handguns were found in his car, police said.

Tackett was charged with wanton endangerment involving a weapon bond has been set at $20,000.


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