Travis Hinkle says he was shot twice by an officer in Southern Regional Jail
An inmate at the Southern Regional Jail, now on home confinement is speaking out.
In his words, Travis Hinkle told us during a lockdown last Wednesday, a Southern Regional Task Force officer shot him twice in the legs with a 12 gauge shotgun using a beanbag round.
"I opened my eyes and looked at him and he was standing closer than we are sitting right now. He said freeze and I stuck my hands up and he instructed me to get on the floor. I took one hand and pulled the blanket off of me to get on floor and as soon as I moved he fired the first round and it hit me on my left leg right next to my groin. I fell off of the top bunk and got to the floor and I complied with him and he shot me the second time in the back of my right leg," Hinkle said.
Hinkle claims this is what happened when he asked for treatment in jail.
"I asked the nurses to at least give me peroxide or a band aid because my leg was bleeding but I never received any medical treatment," he told us.
Hinkle said on May 29th, eight days after he said he was shot, his attorney was able to get court orders to have him transferred to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center for treatment of his wounds.
He told us he was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in 2007. He's afraid the injuries he said he suffered in this incident caused more problems in that area.
"They did an ultrasound on the testicle where they found a mass. That was the first time I had ever had a medical problem with that testicle, I just got a clean bill of health from my cancer doctor in February," said Hinkle.
We reached out to the agency that oversees the Regional Jail System. Communications Director for the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety released this statement:
"Lockdowns preserve the safety and security of the facility. I have received the complaints from Hinkle's family and have relayed their concerns to the Central Office of the Regional Jail Authority."
Travis Hinkle is charged with a misdemeanor for Accessory After the Fact in a copper theft investigation. Hinkle's June 17th hearing will determine how he will serve the remainder of his year-long sentence.