Man arrested after alleged assault on St. Paul, Va. police officers leads to hours-long search

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ST. PAUL, Va. (WJHL) – A man was arrested early Monday after authorities say he injured two police officers in St. Paul, Virginia.

According to St. Paul Police Chief Jonathan Johnson, Michael Rose, 37, was arrested at the Clinch View Apartments just before 2 a.m.

Johnson said the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police assisted in the search for Rose. The Wise County Sheriff’s Office utilized its K-9 unit while searching for Rose, and VSP provided its Medflight helicopter, according to Johnson.

Johnson said two St. Paul officers had responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at Clinch View Apartments on Clinch Stone Drive around 7:50 p.m. on Sunday.

Johnson told News Channel 11 that when officers arrived, an altercation broke out between the officers and Rose. According to Johnson, both officers suffered minor injuries and were transported to the emergency room. As of Monday morning, the officers have been released from the hospital.

Johnson said Rose ran from the scene, prompting the search.

The search continued until around midnight, and Johnson said Rose eventually returned to the apartments and was arrested.

Rose has been charged with the following:

  • 2 counts of Assault on an Officer
  • Possession of Stolen Property
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Escape with Force
  • Petty Larceny

He was transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority facility in Duffield.

Johnson said no other injuries or incidents occurred when Rose was taken into custody.

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