- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 20, 2016

SISTERSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities say a Sistersville police officer is recovering after accidentally shooting himself following a high-speed pursuit.

Local media outlets report that Sgt. Alex Northcraft was apprehending a suspect after a pursuit Monday night, when the officer tried to place his firearm back into his holster and the gun went off, striking himself in the upper leg.

The chase started after officers were notified about a car being stolen from a Sistersville convenience store.

Sistersville Police Chief Rob Haught says Northcraft was attempting to apprehend the suspect, but the individual failed to comply.

It is unclear what charges the suspect is facing.



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