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UPDATE: New prosecution assigned to case against Beckley officer

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BECKLEY (WVVA) -- A case pending against a Beckley police officer heads to trial, but new prosecution has been assigned.  

Wyoming County prosecutor Mike Cochrane has been appointed as the new prosecutor against Cpl. Bryan Atterson.  Atterson is charged with domestic battery and unlawful detention of his girlfriend.  He's been out on bond and paid leave from the department since charges were filed in September.

Cochrane's office has recently released a new, stricter policy for domestic violence cases.

If convicted of the charges, Atterson could not be a police officer anymore because he would not be allowed to carry a weapon.

The case has a pretrial hearing scheduled this Wednesday.  




BECKLEY (WVVA) - An officer with the Beckley Police Department has been placed on paid administrative leave after being arrested on a domestic battery charge.

Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner confirms to WVVA News that officer Bryan Atterson has been charged with domestic battery and unlawful detention in connection with an alleged incident that occurred Tuesday at the officer's home.

According to the criminal complaint, a female at the residence -- identified as his significant other -- stated that Atterson restrained her against her will by applying martial arts maneuvers, including a maneuver to her arm and a choke hold.

The complaint further states that Atterson did admit to physically restraining her in the residence to try to talk her.

Tanner said Atterson was arrested without incident and is now free on bond.

The investigating officer stated that broken glass and overturned furniture was observed in the residence.

The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.

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