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W.Va. deputy released from hospital

March 01, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Cpl. Ronald Fletcher of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department was home this morning after spending more than a week in a Washington D.C. hospital.

On Wednesday he said he had not been able to leave Washington Hospital Center earlier in the week because of minor blood clots.

Fletcher said it was believed that the blood clots were caused by bruising to the lungs, and he was expected to have blood tests Wednesday night to determine if the condition had improved.

"I'm ready to come home," the four-year veteran of the sheriff's department said.

Fletcher had been at Washington Hospital Center since Feb. 19, when he was shot three times inside a house at 74 Orchard Drive in the Orchard Hills subdivision.


Fletcher was shot in the upper torso and his lungs were damaged in the shooting, officials said.

A man in the house identified as Dorsey Cox, 37, would not come out of the house, resulting in a six-hour standoff with police.

Cox died following the standoff, although it is not clear whether he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound or from gunshots fired by a police special operations team, police said.

Fletcher had been expected to be released from Washington Hospital Center on Tuesday but he was not released because doctors wanted to conduct more tests to make sure the officer was ready for release, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said.

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