FAIRMONT — Police say a 21-year-old man, who is the Fairmont State University Student Government Association president, struck a man so hard that the man lost his hearing Oct. 4.

A Fairmont Police Department patrolman arrested Tyler Douglas Keller of 46 Carter Court, Moundsville, on one count of felony strangulation.

The complaint states that officers responded to an address on Upland Drive near the Fairmont State campus on Oct. 4 for a destruction of property complaint in which the offender was still on the scene.

When officers arrived, Tyler D. Keller was identified and witnessed out in the roadway with the victim who had originally called police.

Police said both showed signs of a struggle with Keller bleeding from a laceration on his head and the victim having blood around his neck, the complaint states.

During the investigation, police  determined that Keller started the fight and accused the victim of taking his cell phone, according to the court papers.

“Keller knocked the victim onto the bed, straddled him and began choking the victim with both hands,” the complaint states.

Police said the victim said he couldn’t breathe, and struck Keller in the head with a glass wine bottle to get free.

The complaint states the victim said he feared for his life during the struggle, and shoved Keller out of the residence.

However, Keller went around the back and broke through the back door, where he continued the fight, according to police.

“At some point during the physical altercation Keller struck the victim in the left ear so hard the victim sustained loss of hearing,” the complaint states.

Court records show Keller is being held in the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $100,012.

Currently a senior at Fairmont State, Keller has a double major in political science and national security and intelligence. He is also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.

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