A man has been charged after striking a Firefighter with his vehicle while attempting to drive through a traffic block for a structure fire. Yesterday, deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a reported altercation involving a Firefighter on Good Hope Pike in Jane Lew.
A Firefighter working a brush and structure fire with the Jacksons Mill Fire Department, attempted to shut down W.Va. Rt. 19 to allow the members to work the scene of the fire when John Horner, 53, of Jane Lew, attempted to come through the road block.
At that time, the Firefighter stopped the vehicle and Horner “became confrontational”; as a result, the Firefighter began to photograph Horner and his license plate for documentation. While the Firefighter was documenting, Horner put his truck in reverse and struck the Firefighter with the rear driver’s side bumper, knocking him to the ground. At that point, the Firefighter stood up and punched [Horner] in the face,” prior to deputies placing him into custody.
Horner has been charged with “attacking a firefighter with a deadly weapon.” He is being held in North Central Regional Jail.