On Thursday, August 6, 2009, at approximately 7:20 P.M. members
of the West Virginia State Police responded to a call for a battery
in progress at 9512 Tuscarora Pike (in Berkeley County).
Upon investigation of responding Troopers, they learned that one
of the parties involved in the incident was an off-duty
City of Martinsburg police officer, John Sherman Jr.
As a result of the investigation conducted by the
West Virginia State Police, a battery warrant was obtained
from Berkeley Co. Magistrate Sandra L. Miller for John Sherman Jr.
Lt. Sherman was arraigned on this battery charge by
Magistrate Miller on Monday, August 10, 2009.
(See Berkeley Co. Magistrate Court for related documents).
In addition to the West Virginia State Police criminal investigation,
the City of Martinsburg Police Department has launched
an administrative investigation into this incident.
Based upon legal guidance by the Municipal Attorney for the
City of Martinsburg, WV, Lt. Sherman has been placed on
administrative leave with pay pending outcomes of these matters.
Issued by: Chief T.C. (Ted) Anderson