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Wounded Jefferson County deputy remains hospitalized

February 25, 2007

A Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputy shot in the line of duty Monday near Ranson, W.Va., has been moved from the intensive care unit at Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center, according to a nursing supervisor.

Cpl. Ronald Fletcher has been moved to a trauma unit, where he remained in serious, but stable condition Saturday, the nursing supervisor said.

Fletcher was shot three times Monday shortly after 10 a.m. when he followed a man into a 74 Orchard Drive home who was ordered to stop taking items from the residence in violation of a protective order.

The man, identified as Dorsey Cox, had shot Fletcher in the arm, leg and chest and, after a six-hour standoff, Cox was fatally shot, but police have not said yet whether Cox killed himself or was killed by the officer's gunfire.

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Cox had allowed police to remove Fletcher from the house to receive medical treatment.

Police fired tear gas canisters into the house, and found Cox under a pile of clothes. Cox fired a gun once, and a member of a West Virginia Special Operations team returned fire multiple times, police have said.

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