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Man shoots at Charleston police, is arrested

By Staff reports

A Cleveland man was arrested Friday evening after he ran from a group of undercover Charleston police officers and then fired at them with a handgun, according to Chief of Detectives Steve Cooper.

Cooper said that a team of four detectives was doing undercover surveillance work at the Greyhound bus station across from the Charleston Civic Center.

Cooper said that an officer and a K9 approached and questioned James Otis Herod III, of Cleveland, Ohio shortly after 10 p.m. Friday. Herod then admitted to selling drugs and handed a bag of marijuana to the officer, Cooper said.

At that point, Herod dropped the duffel bag he was carrying and took off running.

Four officers chased him and while they were chasing him Herod fired one shot and then dropped or threw the gun, Cooper said. The police did not return fire.

 Herod, who Cooper said is a convicted felon, was caught and arrested and the police recovered the handgun.

No one was hurt.

Herod is being charged with wanton endangerment and illegally carrying a firearm, both felonies. Because he only had a misdemeanor amount of drugs, that information will be included in an indictment but will not be a separate charge at this time, Cooper said. Otis was being held at South Central Regional Jail.


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