Suspect transported after officer-involved shooting in Boone County

Emergency crews are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the Seth area of Boone County. (MGN Online) 

A Boone County Deputy and West Virginia State Trooper were involved in a shooting Sunday afternoon near Orgas.

Chief Deputy Chad Barker said the two officers conducted a traffic stop together, but before they were able to get out of the state police cruiser, the driver, James Cantley, 36, of Naoma, W.Va., began shooting at them. Barker said Cantley fired several rounds before the officers were able to fire back and strike him.

Cantley was injured in the shooting and was airlifted to CAMC General in Charleston. Barker said he was alone in the vehicle when he was pulled over.

When Cantley is released from the hospital, Barker said he will be taken into custody and charged attempted murder of the two law enforcement officers who conducted the traffic stop.

Barker also said Cantley has an extensive criminal history, and is a convicted felon who was currently wanted by several law enforcement agencies.

"We are very fortunate tonight that our officers were able to make it home safely. It is sad that our men and women have to deal with individuals such as this. A multi time convicted felon who had a firearm in his possession and attempts to take the life of two young men just trying to do their jobs," Barker said in a press release.

Cantley's condition has not been released at this time. State Police will be handling the investigation.

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