Man Who Shot at Police Learns His Sentence

A man who shot at Charleston police during a foot chase was sentenced on Wednesday to the maximum time in prison. Joseph Larch was sentenced by Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Tera Salango to three to 15 years for attempted murder and 10 years for using a gun during the commission of a felony, to be served consecutively. In July 2021, police shot Larch during an incident that started on Court Street with a traffic stop. While the officer was doing a vehicle information check, Larch ran from the scene. Larch seen on body camera video turning toward an officer with a gun during a foot chase and firing multiple rounds at the officer. After he was shot, Larch threw his gun and ran into the Habitat Restore, where he was taken into custody.