Deputy's Amazing Story Of Fight For Her Life With Drugged Suspect Goes Viral

Deputy Kristen Richmond posted the story of a fight for her life.

Bethany, WV - Sheriff's Deputy Kristen Richmond posted a raw story to social media on Friday night about being attacked by a drugged suspect.

Her post came just hours after the five-minute fight for per life with the drugged collegiate male athlete.

In less than 24 hours, the post has gone viral with almost 100k shares on Facebook, and more on other social media platforms.

The incident started as deputies were called to a suspect throwing objects out of a third floor dorm window, according to KHQ.

Deputy Richmond arrived and found 21-year-old Brandon Lamar Jackson apparently under the influence of drugs and hallucinating. When she moved to take him into custody, the man attacked.

You can see the story she posted to her Facebook page below:

This will probably be one of the rawest posts I’ll write. It’s not for glory or any of that shit. I debated posting anything but, in doing so, my hope is that it serves as a swift kick in the ass to a lot of cops.

Early this morning I found myself in a full-out fight with a 5’11, 195lb collegiate male athlete who was gooned up on an unknown drug (I’m assuming some sort of dissociative anesthetic).

It was me and him for about five minutes. During said altercation, my glasses were shattered and knocked off my face, none of my radio transmissions got out, and a ton of equipment was stripped from my vest and duty belt.

I managed to stay in the fight and maintain some control despite exchanging punches and knees with the subject. I secured one of the subject’s hands in cuffs and maintained that grip throughout the majority of the fight.

I also released my K9 partner and she did exactly what she trains to do; however, all the K9 bites, punches, knees, and baton strikes did not deter this guy. He wasn’t there. The drug had consumed every part of him.

After about 5 minutes of fighting, my partners finally found us (due to lack of comms) and, after several more minutes of fighting, we were able to secure him in cuffs ending the fight.

The following saying comes to mind: Sometimes I had a bad day means that I almost didn’t make it home.

While fighting with this guy, he reached for my duty weapon. Given the circumstances (full details are not being disclosed in this post), deadly force was warranted and it was probably getting close to my last resort. Thankfully, it did not reach that point...

I think the majority of the credit goes to my training outside of work. I’ve been beat to hell and back in training so I knew how to react and fight through being repeatedly being struck in the face and head. I didn’t freak out ... I knew I was okay and still in the fight. This post isn’t to be all bravado...

I got my a-- kicked this morning (there’s no doubt about it), but I also gave it right back. Another huge reason it ended the way it did was due to my partners (all 3 of them).

My guys found me and my K9 engaged. If it wasn’t for them intervening when they did the outcome probably would have been much worse. I am so thankful for them! They are literally the best partners I could ask for.

One of them apologized because I was fighting for so long, which was obviously not his fault at all. My Sergeant was also injured. He left his hospital room to come to mine and said, “I’m probably not supposed to leave my room but fuck it.” He leaned over my bed, gave me a hug, and said, “I love ya, K-Rich!” I trust them fully and know that I never have to worry about if they’re coming.

The purpose of this post is three-fold. First and foremost, I implore you to train! Thank God I do. You don’t want to be in the fight for your life wishing you had done more to prepare for that exact moment.

Second, bond with your partners. They’re your family and when you find yourself in a dark corner at 0300 praying for backup, they’re gonna be the ones who come running.

Last, but not least, this is for the families, friends, and/or critics. After hours at the hospital and being treated for a broken nose, a fractured sinus, and some other minor bumps and lacerations to my hands, face, and head I went home. I took my bloody uniform, duty belt, and gear inside with me and dropped it on the floor. I took my tired K9 partner to her crate so she could get some much deserved rest.

I went upstairs, undressed, turned on the hot water in the shower, stepped in, and washed his and my blood off my body. I watched it circle the drain not knowing whose exactly it was. Not a lot of people know what it’s like to do that. No, we don’t get into fights like these everyday but they do happen ... along with situations that are far worse.

Please take a few moments to consider everything that we go through before jumping to conclusions based off slanted media and facts. At the end of the day, we are exactly like all of you “normal” people. We just want to go home after work.

I would like to thank EMS personnel for treating and starting to clean me up on scene, hospital staff for their excellent care, and all of my family, friends, fellow officers, and community members for their calls and messages.

Comments (70)
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GotYourBackBlue
GotYourBackBlue

Both you and your warrior pup made it home alive. Thank God for that. It sounds like its only you two - wish you had someone waiting at home to embrace you both and share in your unbelievable act of Bravery and Courage. May God bless you both and keep you both safe. BLUE LIVES MATTER...

Hwninblu
Hwninblu

Main thing is you went home. It will be hard for your partners to not blame themselves for not getting there quicker but know they’ll come around and realize they tried their best. Yeah you look pretty bad your uniform all dirty up. kinda hard to look at. But then again the suspect didn’t get away looking like roses. Thanks for your post I’ll keep in mine in my next round with a suspect or what call them in Hawaii “Crumb” Be safe get better. HPD/D4 /Sector4

RetiredADA
RetiredADA

Thank you and your K9 for the job you do and your dedication to it. Thank God you, your K9, and your back up all made it home.

wmc50
wmc50

Straight up WARRIOR. Nothing but respect for you Ma'am and your K9, and fellow Deputies.

God bless you Sister. Rest up and heal.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

You are the kind of Officer I would want at my back or side when the going gets tough. Good job!

Laura_1957
Laura_1957

I have a lot of respect for you. Not sure I would have had the stamina to keep going like you did. Kudos! Very happy that you and your K9 made it home. I hope you heal quickly, and kudos to your partners for the assist. Late or not, like you said, comms weren't working and they did the best they could to find you. I hope the drugged perp looks worse. He'll at least feel worse with all the puncture wounds from your K9. Get better soon. Again, lots of respect for you.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Way to go Officer. Glad you and your K9 are safe and well and I hope that piece of shit gets his just desserts.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Probably a good thing that she didn't get her gun out. Not sure what to make of the broken(?) radio thing. That is not supposed to happen.

Mic911
Mic911

Happy you, your K9 partner and everyone went home safe! Full respect from me for sure, you held your own, kicked ass and came out alive...take the time to rest and heal

JAMSR
JAMSR

Never under estimate ANYONE. Consider everyone that you meet as a THREAT until proven other wise !!!!!

Rebelreck
Rebelreck

Rest up, get well, Both of You. I'm glad You made it out in Good shape. No matter what the media says. Most of the Public has Your back.

Luisa1948
Luisa1948

Officers should never go to a scene by themselves because you never know when this could happen or worse. Two officers are better than one. God bless and protect our police force for the dangerous job they have. We love you officers.

NCgangCOP
NCgangCOP

"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." Colonel James Mattis

LynnSB
LynnSB

Deputy Richmond -- It's been a pretty horrendous day for me -- I received word at 5am that both my Sister and Her Husband of 42 years were KILLED by a DRUNK Driver involving 4 vehicles -- I have been numb most of the day and after reading your story .... all I can say is God Bless You for all you and All in Blue do for us Every Day and your Partner for doing her best too.

LEO7989
LEO7989

As I read this, I was surprised by tears sliding down my face. First & Foremost, you are a WARRIOR and I have nothing but RESPECT for the Warrior that you are and I thank God that you will be ok. This took me back to my earlier days in Law Enforcement as an MP. One of the gate guards got sick & I needed to relieve them. In doing a 100% ID check, there was an engineer in a taxi refusing to produce ID and I asked him to exit the vehicle so traffic could resume. He was very intoxicated & to make a long story less long😃 He attacked me and attempted to get my duty weapon. I was finally able to key my mic and thank God an MPI Agent heard it who was not too far away. I was being beaten in the face and ribs and just trying to keep him off my weapon. He was eventually tackled and cuffed. He had broken my cheekbone, 2 ribs, 2fingers and badly bruised. At the trial, the judge actually made the statement “Isn’t that what you’re out there for? Fight crime and get beat up?” Sooo, maybe in light of the climate towards law enforcement, my tears come with tons of prayers for you to never hear stupid words like that and for you to be healed- from the inside to the outside. Be Blessed Warrior Sister. 💙🙏🏻🚔

LEO7989
LEO7989

Not sure why this is showing this is posted from LEO7989 instead of me??

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

I am glad you survived the battle. May God protect you and the blue.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I'm so sorry you had to go through this horrific attack but as you said, your training gave you time for others to come and help. LEO's never really know what's waiting for them when they respond to a call, always on edge for whatever may transpire but their training definitely saved your life. Thank you for your dedication to your community and happy you will be ok.

rramos
rramos

Glad you came out well, God bless you and keep you strong always. God is with you...

SGT_moore_USA
SGT_moore_USA

Lady luck is on your side...and training. Keep training stay on top. Go Blue!

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Utmost respect and gratitude for the job you have chosen to do, thank you

K-9 319
K-9 319

God bless and heal quickly sister. Never had one that bad, but at the time most people didn't argue with a Shepard or Dobe. Had both. Glad you were able to go home. You definitely are a survivor and may God keep you safe. Well done to you and your partners.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

Shoot Lamar next time. I am glad you had the dog, but you were playing with your life, and always start another unit. Quit going on calls by yourself!

Leeperez
Leeperez

Way fight officer, keep up the great work.

broken heart
broken heart

im so sorry for what happened to you. every day i worry about my daughter who is a deputy. i pray for all of the police officers out there along with all the k9 police dogs take care of yourself and thank God you were able to go home. thanks for what you do.

Steve326m
Steve326m

Praise God you both made it through. You definitely gave as good as you got.

Amitzah Mitzvah
Amitzah Mitzvah

Deputy, I admire, both, you and your pooch.
I looked at the date of when you first posted the occurrence. It has been lacking one month to being 1 and 1/2 years since happened. Since then I hope you and your k9 pooch friend baby are doing FANTASMAGORICAL. I hope each time you have the occasional memory of that atrocious event that you give pooch baby some extra pooch cookies. Pooches don't complain when they are hurt they only whimper. They whimper when your hurt too. Kiss pooch baby and give pooch baby am extra cookie simply because it is "give k9 pooch baby an extra cookie day"

geenee
geenee

You and all LEOs (both human and K-9) are true heroes! Thank you for all you do!

BobS
BobS

Thankfully deputy Richmond was mentally prepared for such an encounter, had a K-9 and officers eventually made it to back her up. I hope that the suspect, nothing more than some college kid is prosecuted for the assault on her properly and not treated with kid gloves. This encounter could have ended very differently had she not been as well prepared mentally, emotionally, physically and tactically as she was. Another officer who may have been less equipped could have fared much worse and the outcome would have been a funeral. Thank god she made it home to fight another day. Props to a warrior.

Goldcross
Goldcross

WOW... quite a post! Glad you are ok and great advice given!

ChaplainGrant
ChaplainGrant

Prayer for a speedy recovery and thankful you made it out alive.

FSchloss
FSchloss

Things like this are why you carry at least two firearms. I have, in the best, encountered officers who worked for departments that forbade that, but then, those departments were not paying for their officer's life insurance. Always at least two guns. That second gun is the cheapest life insurance you'll ever buy. When the animal tries to take your duty weapon, the second piece comes into play.

serizzo
serizzo

First, thank you for your service and your beautiful K9. Thanks to all men and women and blue who serve (my son included). God Bless you that you didn't panic and had the training. My heart hurts looking at your injuries ... for me ... I want to attack this man who did this too you ... while he is sober and in his right mind so that he understands the pain that he caused. I respect and applaud you for being smart and knowing exactly what to do. I don't think many would be calm ... I know that I wouldn't have ... thus the reason I could never do what you do. You are an amazing and strong individual ... you lead by example. Praying for a healthy and speedy recovery! Much respect! Be careful and always get home safe!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

According to assistant prosecuting attorney David Cross, Jackson has a family history of schizophrenia.

Jackson was facing two counts of felony assault on an officer and several misdemeanor charges, which he was found not guilty by reason of mental illness. He was committed to William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital for between four and 20 years.

ironrod
ironrod

What really matters is you went home and your partners love you. Whether they where late getting there or not they arrived in time to save the person they cared about most that night YOU ! I am thankful that you are alive and doing well . Thank you for putting your life between the criminals and our family and friends . Your dedication and heroism is much appreciated .

kabarjim
kabarjim

WOW! I am deeply saddened by seeing and reading what happened to this officer. I could not keep a dry eye when I opened and read her story. I would be as vigilant as the backup officers were. God bless ALL people in uniform.

CJ227
CJ227

Glad you and your K9 made it out of there alive. God Bless

Auvkfojobe
Auvkfojobe

You are a very brave woman. You are dedicated to your profession. I hope your recovery is near painless. Thank you for sharing your story. You are amazing and deserving of a vacation. Take your dog with you.

azaziel91
azaziel91

Thank you for your service (South African Bush War Veteran and Cop)

angel123wylesky
angel123wylesky

Wow I do believe that he should be charged no matter the situation theirs medications out there to help u.If ur mentally ill its mandatory must checked and check in or if ur that bad stay in a institution always, Now this officer and many others have to deal with this no. He should have charges no matter what. To also ur k9 great partner and you and ur fellow officers great work, Im so sorry u had to endure this

2727fayregister
2727fayregister

💕❤💕❤💕❤💕❤💕

Nauf
Nauf

well said. God bless the protectors and defenders. May we all go home each night.

robo7626
robo7626

When I started back in the 80's I was pretty much on my own. There were very few, if any that would back me up ; because I was a woman. I am so thankful that my actions changed that and I had a lot of Brothers accept me into the family! The ones that didn't , well I was probably better off anyway.

I am so glad that you wrote that post! Complacency will get you killed! I am also happy that you did train and you held your own for so long with your K9 partner ! And that your brothers found you! They never gave up, and neither did you ! I highly commend you on your actions, and keeping the one Asterisk symbol alive and well!

I wish you , my Sister and your K9 partner ; a quick recovery ! Please don't stop posting your story!

So many need the reminder, you can not relax your guard ; be unaware of your surroundings and live to tell about it. I lost a great friend , it will be 2 years ago on Thanksgiving. He was deploying stop sticks when his murderer ran him down with clear purpose and intent.
His motto was " never quit" and I believe it is now on every patrol unit in the County! His killer is being sentenced In December...It will be a packed house with all that loved him.. Thank you for sharing your story, so that others will live!
💙🙏🐾💙💪👮‍♀️💙👏🐕🐾💙❤💙💪🚔👮‍♀️👮‍♂️💙🇺🇸🙏🙏❤🚔🐕

Arrestingsoul
Arrestingsoul

Thank God you are all safe now. Great job!!

Cjangel
Cjangel

Lord have mercy, so thankful you are ok! Ty for sharing this story and yours and all your partners service!

Joe62
Joe62

That you are alive and your k9 partner is still with you and fought with you is truly a godsend. As a former K9 officer with a MAL who saved my life twice, I know what you are feeling right now and it isn’t a feeling of love. Your nite mares will come and you will go through this fight many times in your life. It does not go away. Know that you will be okay. Know that you can hug your partner k9 and she will always be there for you. I am proud of you and your partner. You fought a great fight and your words to your fellow officers are true. NEVER GIVE UP! Good luck hero and give your partner k9 a kiss for me and K9 Rex. RIP K9 REX 10/03/2016.

C6CorvetteDriver
C6CorvetteDriver

Fight the good fight, we're all glad you and your K-9 walked away from that drugged goon. I hope he goes away for some time.