UPDATE 8/25/14 @ 6:30 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A single vehicle accident on Mud Fork Road near Dingess eventually led to a deadly officer-involved shooting.
The victim's family says the shooting is unjustified, but West Virginia State Police troopers say he left them with no choice.
Randy Matheny, 31, was shot and killed by troopers at his home along 12 Pole Road on Sunday night.
"Best father in the world. I tried to hate the guy. I tried to. He's married to my daughter," Edwin Mays, Matheny's father-in-law said.
Mays' daughter is Jasmin Mays. Her last memory of her husband was him saving her and their 3-year-old daughter when their car flipped over.
The accident happened on Mud Fork Road near Dingess. Jasmin said something on their car broke, which caused her husband to lose control and crash.
"Everybody was causing so much ruckus that he ended up taking his gun out and firing a shot into the mountain -- to disperse the crowd," Edwin Mays said.
He was able to rescue their little girl and his wife, whose hand needed medical attention.
"It was bleeding so badly, they thought I cut a main artery or something like that," Jasmin Mays said.
While she was taken to the hospital, Matheny took their daughter to a neighbor's house.
When State Police showed up at his house to ask about the shot fired and to check on his daughter, troopers say he met them with a gun in hand.
Troopers say Matheny was asked repeatedly to drop the weapon, but instead pointed it at troopers.
"It's the last thing we want to do is engage in a lethal force situation, but unfortunately that's what we sometimes have to do," Sgt. Andy Perdue said
Troopers say it was a threat they had to respond to, so they started shooting. They also say this could have ended differently.
"If he would have just dropped the firearm," Perdue said.
"Once he gets hit once, why not stop," Edwin Mays said. "He didn't deserve to die."
Jasmin Mays has been released from the hospital, and is now home with her daughter, who was not injured in the crash.
West Virginia State Police say they were investigating a single vehicle accident Sunday night, when Randy Matheny, who was involved in the accident, fired a shot before police arrived. Troopers say he then fled the scene with a toddler.
As Matheny's wife was taken to the hospital, troopers searched for Matheny and the toddler.
They were finally able to track him down at his home in the East Fork 12 Pole Creek area.
Troopers say when they approached Matheny, he lifted his gun and pointed it at troopers, giving them no choice but to shoot him.
Matheny died from his injuries. He was 31-years-old. The toddler is reportedly okay.
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