EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDUMIRE WAS UNDER INVESTIGATION
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Man Who Shot State Trooper Was Under Investigation For Alleged Sex Crimes
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: May. 4, 2012 10:18 PM EDT
Updated: May. 4, 2012 10:33 PM EDT
Elkins , West Virginia
The man who allegedly shot a state trooper and then was later killed in a shootout with police was under investigation for alleged sex crimes against a young girl.
William Dumire, 55, allegedly shot Cpl. Andrew Loudin at a home in Elkins on Thursday.
Eyewitness News has learned Loudin, who works with the Crimes Against Children Unit, was investigating sexual abuse claims against Dumire.
Details of why Loudin may have been at Dumire's ex-wife's home are vaguely laid out inside a domestic violence protective order filed on April 25. It says he was also being investigated by Child Protective Services.
The order begins to paint a picture into the events leading up to Thursday's shooting. According to court documents, Dumire was under investigation for sexual abuse against a 12 year old girl. Her mother filed the order, listing Dumire as a "family friend." The order also required Dumire to surrender weapons and ammunition, noting that three handguns were at his ex-wife's home on Kennedy Drive.
"Until we sit down and talk to Cpl. Loudin about and get all the details, we're just not prepared to discuss what role, or what role he was playing in that investigation," said 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous.
Loudin went to the home to interview Dumire when he was shot with a small caliber handgun. Baylous says Loudin was not wearing a bullet proof vest.
"As Cpl. Loudin was leaving the residence, there were other shots fired by Mr. Dumire," said Baylous.
Nearby Elkins High School went on lockdown while Dumire then carjacked a woman at gunpoint at Wal-Mart, and forced her to drive him to Kelley Mountain. An army of police set out to track him down, and found him around 8:30 p.m. in a drain culvert.
"He had an opportunity to end it peacefully, and unfortunately he fired his weapon, which led to an exchange of gunfire and he was found to be deceased," said Baylous.
"My biggest concern is, you know, that I hope this doesn't continue in our community," said Stephanie Miller. The shooting came the same day three people were sentenced in Elkins for their role in the shooting death of Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller in February 2011.
State police will confirm few details on the investigation surrounding Dumire.
According to court papers obtained by the Inter-Mountain Newspaper in Elkins, the girl's mother stated, "he has been caught going into the girl's room and was asked to leave and got nasty with me several times. I have been scared because of his guns."
The documents also say Dumire lived with the alleged victim, but was asked to move out in March. Dumire had allegedly recently been sending text messages to the girl about a trip they were supposed to take on Saturday to Clarksburg. He allegedly had been asking the girl to lie to her parents about it.
Loudin is in stable condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. He is able to speak with family and friends. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
"Law enforcement really is a family, and unfortunately sometimes it's incidents like this to where we actually observe that and see how much of a family we actually are," said Baylous.
A full investigation surrounding the details of the shootout continues.
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