Sheriff Rick Thompson stated that a man is wanted after he rammed a cruiser with his vehicle during a pursuit.
Sheriff Thompson stated that the Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit initiated a traffic stop on a wanted man who is also known to be trafficking quantities of drugs. The suspect, Shawn ‘Shug’ Risner, fled North on WV RT 152 from Dunlow. During the pursuit the suspect used his truck to ram a Deputy’s cruiser and then side swiped it. The pursuit went through Big Branch Road and the Black Oak Gap area. The suspect struck the cruiser again as they were maneuvering up a muddy hill. Deputies eventually terminated the pursuit for safety reasons.
The Wayne County Sheriff Drug Enforcement Unit was able to locate a Glock handgun with an extended magazine and a large bag of Methamphetamine that weighed approximately a quarter pound that was thrown from the vehicle.
Sheriff Thompson stated that warrants were issued for the suspect for Felony Fleeing, Destruction of Property, Possession with Intent to Deliver, Pseudoephedrine Altered, Assault on a Police Officer, and Prohibited Person from Possessing a Firearm. The suspect was already wanted for a parole violation.
A passenger in the vehicle has been identified and is urged to contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department at (304) 272-6378. If you have any information on the location of Shawn Risner call the Sheriff’s Department or Wayne County 911 after hours.