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Wheeling Police officer charged with malicious wounding


Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger has released a statement in response to the allegations.

"Jacob Skinner has been a law enforcement officer in good standing since 2016. We are aware that charges have been filed on Tuesday by the Ohio County Sheriff's Office," the statement reads. "He has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the WPD's Office of Professional Standards and court proceedings.

As a law enforcement agency, the Wheeling Police Department recognizes the seriousness of domestic violence. Having said that, police officers, like citizens, deserve a thorough investigation and due process.

Since this is a personnel matter, and out of respect for the investigation, no other additional comment will be made at this time."

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A Wheeling Police officer has been arraigned on a charge of malicious wounding, according to an Ohio County Magistrate Court criminal complaint.

Jacob Skinner of Wheeling was at Mountaineer Brewfest with his ex-girlfriend, the victim. He is alleged to have gotten in an altercation with another man, prompting the couple to leave.

Skinner and his ex-girlfriend then went to River City. According to the criminal complaint, the couple allegedly began arguing because she spoke to a person with which she had relations before. After the argument, the victim went to Skinner's house (for which she had a key) to gather her belongings. Skinner was already at his house, and the two began arguing once again, according to the complaint.

The victim stated that she went to open a can of snuff when Skinner began using force, causing her to hit her head on the refrigerator. She tried to use her flip flop to protect herself, at which point Skinner allegedly punched her in the face.

The victim went to the hospital on August 19th, and reportedly was told she had 2-3 nasal fractures and an orbital fracture. Police also say that she had significant bruising on her left eye on August 21, when the complaint was filed.

Skinner was arraigned Tuesday in Ohio County Magistrate Court on charges of malicious wounding.

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