EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSTANDOFF SHOOTING UPDATE
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State Police Release Name Of Suspect Wounded In Standoff With Troopers
Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Sep. 10, 2012 9:32 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 11, 2012 2:38 PM EDT
Charles Town, Jefferson County , West Virginia
State Police have released the name of a man they say was involved in a standoff and shooting with troopers in Jefferson County and report the officers have been returned from administrative leave to full duty.
Steven Wayne Taylor, 53, of Virginia Beach, Va., was shot in the standoff that occurred about 2:20 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of East Washington Street near Charles Town, State Police said. State Police said the suspect is expected to recover and is currently being treated at an undisclosed medical facility.
Troopers said they and deputies responded to a report of a man trespassing who then barricaded himself in the residence. They said the suspect was armed with a pistol and threatened to kill the officers on scene and anyone who attempted to enter that residence. State Police said the troopers did their best for several hours to get the suspect to surrender, but they said his actions were consistent with a “suicide by cop” attempt.
The officers involved in the incident, First Sgt. E.D. Widmeyer, Cpl. J.S. Chumley and Senior Trooper P.S. Kennedy have all been cleared to return to duty, State Police said.
West Virginia State Police say the suspect involved in a standoff in Jefferson County was wounded over the weekend after a shootout with officers.
It happened about 2:20 p.m. Sunday in the 800 block of East Washington Street near Charles Town.
Troopers said they and deputies responded to a report of a man trespassing who then barricaded himself in the residence. They said the suspect was armed with a pistol and threatened to kill the officers on scene and anyone who attempted to enter that residence.
Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, troopers said, shots were fired, the suspect was wounded and taken into custody. He was taken to West Virginia University Hospital’s East Jefferson Memorial Hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time.
State Police Capt. Rob Blair of the Jefferson County detachment said the troopers and deputy involved in the incident have been placed on administrative Leave, pending the initial internal investigation, which is standard police procedure.
Warrants have been issued on the suspect for assault on a police officer, terroristic threats, entering without breaking and felon in possession of a firearm.
No further details of the incident are being released as the investigation continues.
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