Lynchburg police officer leaves on medical retirement

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)— The Lynchburg Police Department says Officer Brandon Seigla is leaving the department today on a medical retirement. Seigla had served the City of Lynchburg since 2012 and will leave the department with the rank of POII.

Officer Seigla is retiring after receiving injuries in the line of duty. On June 14th, 2016, Officer Seigla was conducting a proactive patrol in the area of Cleveland Avenue and Magnolia Street when he spotted man matching the description of a possible culprit in the area of Bedford Avenue/Magnolia Street. The man was later identified as Daion Williams. Officer Seigla attempted to make contact with Williams, but Williams ran away causing Seigla to chase after him on foot. Seigla says the chase was intense, but he was later able to overtake Williams and place him in custody.

After the chase, it was discovered that Officer Seigla suffered serious physical injury, which is why he is taking a medical retirement. The Lynchburg Police Department wants to commend Seigla for what they say is a "job well done."