Man charged in relation to struggle followed by Charles City sergeant’s fatal medical emergency

CHARLES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A 60-year-old Portsmouth man, Derek Croom, is facing felony charges after an altercation with law enforcement in Charles City County earlier this week. A beloved sergeant died shortly after the incident.

Our 8News crew went to Charles City the morning of Friday, June 14. Flowers, wreaths and flags adorned a patrol car that, just five days ago, belonged to the late Charles City County Sergeant Floyd Miles Jr., who had served the community for 16 years.

The tragedy took place on Sunday, June 9, near the intersection of John Tyler Memorial Highway and Wayside Road. That site is about 15 minutes from a memorial honoring Miles.

According to the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office, just after 12 p.m. this past Sunday, June 9, a seemingly distraught man – now identified as Croom – approached a deputy patrolling near that intersection.

Officials eventually loaded the Portsmouth man in the back of an ambulance, where he became agitated and reportedly hit a deputy. Miles arrived at the scene to help, but suffered a medical emergency and later died at the hospital.

8News is in contact with some of Miles’s loved ones who said he was beloved and respected by the community.

The ample flowers and notes left at his memorial speak to the many people who cared for the hard-working family man. The emotional cards wished him peace and shared stories of the widespread, positive impact he had on his community and beyond.

(Photo: Sierra Krug/8News)

Officials said they set up Sergeant Miles’s memorial in front of a “LOVE” sign because of the love he had for the citizens of the community and the love they had for him. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 19 at his alma mater, Charles City High School.

Officials have not yet confirmed what type of medical emergency claimed Miles’s life, nor exactly how it happened, but in a statement earlier this week, they confirmed it occurred as a result of the struggle.

After of his arrest on Thursday, Croom faces one count of felony assault of a law enforcement officer, two counts of destruction of Charles City County property and one count of obstruction of justice. He is currently being held without bond at Riverside Regional Jail.

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