According to CBSFOX59, a police shooting occurred after a traffic stop at a Sheetz convenience store in Fayette County near Maple Lane on Route 19.
Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley reported that the police shooting incident occurred on August 3, 2021, around 2:37 a.m., after a 32-year-old white New Jersey man stole a vehicle in Braxton County and allegedly passed a deputy officer on Maple Lane.
Police reported that they received notice to be on the lookout for the vehicle, and when the officer saw the allegedly stolen car, they pulled over the suspect at a nearby Sheetz. It has been stated that following the traffic stop, the suspect fled the scene on foot into the nearby woods.
According to Sheriff Mike Fridley, the police deputy chased after the suspect, and there was a struggle resulting in the officer shooting the suspect. The officer was not injured, but the suspect was then life-flighted to CAMC General and is undergoing surgery. It is noted that the West Virginia State Police intend to charge the suspect.
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"Police officers have a legal obligation to protect and serve the public. However, in America, it is far too common for civilians to become victims of police brutality. Shooting a firearm should be an officer's absolute last resort, and any misuse of power is punishable by law. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to police misconduct, you have the ability to file a police shooting lawsuit."
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