UPDATE: Raleigh County Deputy to be okay after shooting

West Virginia

COAL CITY, WV (WVNS) — 6:55 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020: In the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, a Raleigh County Deputy was shot on West Whitby Road. He is being treated at Raleigh General Hospital. The suspect in this case is dead.

59News spoke with witness Christian Gilbert who heard the incident take place that morning.

“I just came out to smoke a cigarette in the morning like I do every morning,” Gilbert said. “And then, all the sudden, I hear 10 to 20 shots in rapid recession didn’t really know or think anything of it because a lot of people come down here and shoot anyway. Then, right after, I hear a car come down through here like it’s got somewhere to be really fast.”

Gilbert said shortly after, he saw a Sheriff’s truck, Sophia Police, and State Police rush to the scene.

“A little bit after that, that’s when the sheriff’s critical unit showed up, but they didn’t have their lights on, so I didn’t think anything of it,” Gilbert said. “Shortly after that, that’s when I found out it’d been a shooting.”

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau and the West Virginia State Police are investigating. Names are not being released at this time.

Sheriff Scott Van Meter told 59News the deputy is going to be okay.


COAL CITY, WV (WVNS) — 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020: The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a deputy was involved in a shooting on Thursday morning. It happened along West Whitby Road.

The suspect in the case was killed. The deputy was also shot and is being treated in a local hospital.

The names of the deputy and the suspect have not been released at this time. The investigation is being handled by State Police and the Sheriff’s Department.


ORIGINAL STORY — 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020: An investigation is under way into an officer involved shooting on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. It happened in the area of Whitby and Fireco in Raleigh County.

It began with a chase at 8:56 a.m., according to emergency services. Sources told 59News a deputy with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office was involved and was hit by gunfire. The conditions of the deputy and the suspect were not immediately available.

Further details were not immediately available. The investigation is being handled by the West Virginia State Police.

59News has a crew working to bring you more on the story as it develops.

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