A suspect who died nearly two weeks ago while being placed into custody was reportedly trying to take the officer’s gun at the time of his death.
According to District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, she has reviewed the TBI’s preliminary report, talked to her own criminal investigator, and determined there was no wrongdoing on the part of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was trying to arrest Alexander Webb, 30.
Webb became unresponsive during a struggle and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the TBI.
On Tuesday, Zavogiannis provided more details of the minutes before Webb’s death. He led officers on a vehicle chase atop Harrison Ferry Mountain on Friday, Sept. 14, after being spotted driving a stolen SUV.
Webb ran off the side of Harrison Ferry Road and crashed next to the gun range atop the mountain. He fled on foot into a wooded area across the road and was chased by deputies for around 10 minutes before he was nabbed.
“He was caught and in the process of being handcuffed when the officer’s gun came out of the holster and was on the ground,” said Zavogiannis. “There was a struggle, the officer put him in a hold, and he collapsed.”
Zavogiannis said blood work has not yet returned from the medical examiner’s office so there’s no way to know if any intoxicants were in Webb’s system. Zavogiannis said Webb experienced a number of atypical events in a very short time that included running from the law, crashing at high speeds, fleeing on foot, and then struggling for a gun.
“There was a whole series of events,” said Zavogiannis.
Under the information gathered, Zavogiannis said she sent a letter to Sheriff Tommy Myers saying the officer involved is clear to return to duty. He has been on leave since the incident.
“I don’t see anything to suggest there was any wrongdoing on the part of the officer or there were any inappropriate actions,” said Zavogiannis.
The TBI doesn’t identify officers involved in these type of incidents.