W.Va. State Trooper Involved in Shooting

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va, (WSAZ) -- A man from Hinton is in a Charleston hospital after being shot by a State Trooper.

W.Va. State Police say the shooting happened Wednesday evening after a trooper responded to a complaint of a man shooting in the River Road area of Raleigh County, near the Hinton city limits.

The initial information identified the shooter as Gary Richmond, 63, of Hinton. Corporal J. D. Cooper said when he knocked on the door of the residence, Mr. Richmond opened and the door and was holding a revolver.

Cpl. Cooper then ordered Mr. Richmond to put the weapon down; however, Mr. Richmond fired the gun barely missing Cooper.

State Police say Cooper responded by returning fire, and that Mr. Richmond retreated back into his residence for a moment before emerging in another attempt to kill Cooper. Corporal Cooper again fired his gun causing Mr. Richmond to retreat into his residence where he collapsed on the floor.

Mr. Richmond was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center where he is being treating for gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Corporal Cooper was not seriously injured during the incident.

W.Va State Police says Mr. Richmond will be charged with attempted 1st degree murder and wanton endangerment. The warrants will be served hen he is released from the hospital.

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