Suspect in police assault charged with attempted murder

Published 11:07 pm Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The suspect in a Saturday assault on a police officer now faces more serious charges, including attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

Joe Louis Staton, 43, of Portsmouth, also faces new charges of attempting to remove a firearm from a law enforcement officer, forgery of a public record, uttering a forged public record and another count of grand larceny.


He already was charged with malicious wounding of a police officer, aggravated malicious wounding, shoot, stab, cut or wound, grand larceny, possession of stolen property, burglary and third offense petit larceny.


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Staton is accused of severely beating Officer James Winslow, 27, after Winslow conducted a traffic stop on him about 8:25 a.m. Saturday.

According to police, Winslow was on duty when he noticed a red Ford Expedition that had been reported stolen from Norfolk. He initiated a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Nansemond Parkway, and the driver of the Expedition immediately bailed from the vehicle and ran into the woods.

Winslow pursued him, but dispatchers lost radio contact with him. Other officers arriving at the scene to assist found him unconscious in the woods with severe injuries to his head, face, shoulder and arm.

Staton was apprehended after a seven-hour manhunt. Police accuse him not only of beating Winslow, but also of stealing his police radio, attempting to steal his firearm, and breaking into a house on Nansemond Parkway to steal a blue sweatshirt, which he was allegedly wearing when he was found.

The additional charges of forgery and uttering resulted from Staton allegedly giving a fake name and signing that name to a fingerprint card after his arrest, city spokeswoman Debbie George said.

Some of the additional charges were placed after investigators were able to speak with Winslow about the incident, she added.


Winslow continues to show signs of improvement at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, though he remains in critical condition. His uncle, Chris Jones, said on Monday that his nephew’s recovery has been “miraculous.”