Oak Hill police officer fired after criminal charges filed

OAK HILL, W.Va. — An Oak Hill police officer was fired Tuesday after an altercation at Raleigh County Magistrate Court.

Oak Hill Police Chief Michael Whisman, Jr., released the following statement concerning the status of Officer Robert Akers:

“After a brief internal investigation and due to the officer being on probationary status with the Oak Hill Police Department, Robert Akers was terminated on this date. This decision was based solely upon an internal investigation concerning Policy and Procedures and/or Rules and Regulations and does not consider the officer’s guilt or innocence of any pending criminal charges.”

Akers was charged with intimidating and harassing a witness and with threatening another police officer. He was arraigned in Raleigh County Magistrate Court Monday and posted bond.

Chief Whisman said Akers has the right to appeal his decision.

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