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Blood clots keep wounded deputy from coming home

March 01, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Cpl. Ronald Fletcher of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that he has not been able to leave Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center because of minor blood clots.

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

Fletcher said it is possible that he might be released from the hospital today, depending on the test results.

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

A hospital spokeswoman said Fletcher was in fair condition Wednesday afternoon.

Fletcher has 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.

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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 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 was 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 is ready for release, Jefferson County Sheriff Everett "Ed" Boober said.

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