UPDATE 2/24 8:01 p.m. (WOWK) — Jackson County Sheriff Ross Mellinger released a statement on Facebook in response to a West Virginia State Police trooper being arrested on battery and strangulation charges.

Even though WVSP said in a press release earlier on Friday evening that Joseph Comer had turned himself in to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Mellinger says that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is not involved in the investigation.

Let’s make something very clear, as various media outlets are being spoonfed some agenda-driven information this evening. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office had absolutely ZERO participation in any criminal investigation involving any member of the WV State Police today. This case is NOT ours, nor do we support any such case. We have nothing in this investigation nor will we in the future. This is entirely a State Police deal.


CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) – A member of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) turned himself in to law enforcement Friday afternoon.

According to a release from the WVSP, Joseph Comer, current member of the State Police, “turned himself in to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and was arraigned in Jackson County Magistrate Court,” and has been charged with Domestic Battery and Felony Strangulation.

Comer is currently out on a $30,000 bond.

The arrest comes while the WVSP is under investigation, after state lawmakers were sent an anonymous letter, alleging various crimes committed by the state police.