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EXCLUSIVE: Man accused of shooting Charleston Police Officer recounts story in jailhouse interview

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - It was a scary scene over the weekend.  A Charleston Police officer shot after a suspect tries to make an escape from a local hospital.  

Luckily, that officer is recovering and the suspect is in jail. In a exclusive interview with 13 News, Ogle had the opportunity to tell his side of the story.  

"They un-cuffed me and let me use the restroom," Ogle said. 

"And what did you do," asked 13 News reporter Jessie Shafer.  Ogle said, "I got scared and I took off." 

And the story doesn't even come close to ending there.  After Bryan Ogle escaped police custody on Saturday, February 10, they say he grabbed a police officer's gun- and shot. 

"It never was my goal to hurt anyone," the suspect said. 

But police said he did.  Court documents state Ogle shot Charleston Patrolman C. Harshbarger in the hip.  

It all started last week.  Ogle was taken into custody after a pursuit in Montgomery.  Police said he was driving a stolen car and had a number of warrants out of Tennessee.  He was being treated inside of CAMC General for injuries sustained during that arrest.

At one point, he asked if he could use the restroom.

"He took his cuffs off me, Ogle said.  "I got scared.  I tried to get away from him."

Ogle did get away.  He made it all the way to an alley behind the hospital.  Charleston and Montgomery Police caught up.  They tried to get him back into cuffs.  There was a struggle, and police said that's when Ogle grabbed the Montgomery officer's firearm. 

"I never had any gun," he said.  "You never touched an officer's gun," asked Shafer.   "I never touched an officer's gun." 

Chief of Police, Steve Cooper, spent time during news conference Saturday, praising his officers for the courage they exhibit on a daily basis.
     
"It's a very dangerous job and these guys put themselves in harm's way everyday," Chief Cooper said.  "The officer who was shot was acting very bravely, fighting with a very violent suspect." 

And for now, that suspect is off the streets, facing a number of felony charges, a long, long way from home.  Ogle said, "I just want my family to know I love them and ask them to please come up here and be by my side."

Ptlm. C. Harshbarger is expected to recover.  He has since been released from the hospital and is home, with his family.  

Ogle is charged with attempted murder, malicious wounding, disarming an officer, wanton endangerment, prohibited person with firearm and felony escape. 

He's being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $250,000 bond. 


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