Jerry Maynard was at home when he felt a pain in his chest. With his history of heart issues in mind, Maynard called 911. Paramedics pronounced that Maynard was in good health and left, but returned a short while later, escorted by police, when Maynard called them again for the same reason.
After reassuring Maynard that his vital signs were healthy, the paramedics left again, but the police stayed. Surveillance footage from a neighbor’s home shows an officer shoving Maynard to the ground and apparently shouting in his face.
Maynard told WSAZ one deputy cussed at him and said he'd kill him if he called again. "He hit me and knocked me down," Maynard said. "Well, when he did, everything went dark. I put my hand up. I didn't know if he was going to hit me with a light or what.”
While Maynard and his family maintain he did nothing wrong, Mingo County Police said he has a long history of run-ins with the law.
Sheriff James Smith said his office is conducting an internal investigation on the matter. So far, no legal action has been taken against the deputy who pushed Maynard, but he has been put on administrative leave for the time being. Smith said the deputy does not have any record of on-duty infractions.
“I’ve not heard nothing from him since I've been in office," Smith said. "I've not received nothing from him. I think he's been on the job 12,13 years now.”
Maynard said he is consulting a lawyer about the incident. The Mingo County Prosecutor's office is helping the sheriff with the case to determine what action, if any, should be taken.
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