UPDATE (Sept. 8, 2021 10:15 a.m.):
WESTON, W.Va. — A man killed while trying to fire upon law enforcement in Lewis County has been identified.
According to the Lewis County detachment of the West Virginia State Police, the man has been identified as Mark Edward Danley, 53, of Atoka, Oklahoma.
No further information has been released at this time.
ORIGINAL (Sept. 3, 2021 4:02 p.m.):
WESTON, W.Va. — An armed robbery in Lewis County has resulted in the suspect being killed while trying to fire upon police in Lewis County.
According to Lewis County Sheriff Dave Gosa, a man, whose identity is yet to be released, robbed a hot spot in Weston at approximately 10:00 a.m.
When the suspect fled the scene, officers with the Weston Police Department began a pursuit on U.S. Rt. 19 into Jane Lew, during which time the suspect rammed an officer’s police cruiser, Gosa said.
At that point, troopers with the West Virginia State Police, deputies with theLewis County Sheriff’s Department and Division of Natural Resources officers joined the pursuit, according to Gosa.
The chase continued through Jane Lew before stop sticks laid out near the Walmart in Weston caused the suspect to stop his vehicle and flee on foot, Gosa said.
The suspect then ran into a residence’s backyard and attempted to take a man hostage, however, the man was able to fight off the suspect and push him to the ground, according to Gosa.
Upon hitting the ground, the suspect attempted to stand up and shoot deputies, but deputies were able to fire upon him before he could get off a shot, Gosa said.
As a result, the suspect was killed; no other individuals were harmed during the incident, according to Gosa.