UPDATE: (2/13/2020 4;15 p.m.)
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Detective Division of the Fairmont Police Department is currently asking for any person who may have been a customer at West Side Trading Post Pawn Shop at the time of the fatal shooting on February 5 to speak with investigators, according to a press release.
The release stated that any person who was a customer at the pawn shop on February 5 between 11-11:45 a.m. is being asked to call Sgt. Hall with the Fairmont Police Department at (304)-366-2217 (Extension 442.)
UPDATE (2/6/2020 6:55 p.m.)
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – The Fairmont Police Department has released new information on a fatal shooting incident that happened Wednesday morning at the West Side Trading Post Pawn Shop.
According to information from Chief Steve Shine, the shooting was first dispatched as a robbery with shots fired. Further police investigation indicates that robbery may not have been the man’s objective when he pulled a realistic fake weapon on the store owner, Shine said.
The man, identified as Walter Boyles, 75, of Fairmont, was known to the owner of the pawn shop, and reports of concerning behavior had been made prior to Wednesday’s events, according to Shine.
This particular pawn shop does not engage in the selling or trading of firearms, Shine said.
One man has died after being shot in an incident at the The West Side Trading Post Pawn Shop Wednesday morning.
According to the Fairmont Police Department, officers were alerted to a robbery taking place at approximately 11:42 a.m., on reports of an individual who had been shot multiple times.
Officials explained that evidence shows that a 75-year-old man entered the business and approached the owner, who was behind the counter.
The elderly man then presented a realistic-appearing fake gun to the shop’s owner in what officers have described as a “threatening manner.”
According to the Police Department, the owner responded by drawing his ‘lawfully carried revolver’ and fire at the elderly man, in hopes of minimizing the threat.
Officials said that the investigation is still ongoing and the department will continue to gather additional evidence, they said that it appears to have been a ‘reasonable use of deadly force.’
Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Fairmont Fire Department and Marion County Rescue Squad all responded to the scene. Fairmont Police Department Detectives, Marion Co. Prosecutor and Marion Co. Coroner will all continue their investigations.
The autopsy of the man is currently pending and his name has not been released at this time.
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