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Fayette County Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charges

UPDATE 4/17/13 @ 9:20 p.m.
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Fayette County man was sentenced Wednesday to three years and five months in federal prison for being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Brian L. Koch, 31, previously pleaded guilty in February to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Jan. 10, 2012, members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department arrived at a cabin located near Chestnutburg Road in Fayette County to execute an arrest warrant on the defendant.

After entering the cabin, law enforcement officers discovered Koch holding a rifle. Law enforcement ordered the defendant to drop the firearm. At the time, Koch repeatedly failed to comply with orders to drop the firearm and also struck a police dog with the barrel of his rifle.

As Koch turned toward responding officers, a Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy fired two shots, one of which struck the defendant in the arm. Koch was placed under arrest.

Officers also found at least seven additional firearms inside of the cabin that belonged to Koch.

Koch was previously convicted in March 2005 in the Circuit Court of Fayette County, West Virginia of grand larceny. Koch was also previously convicted of uttering in October 2004 in Fayette County Circuit Court. He did not have his rights to possess a firearm restored.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/11/12
FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man is in the hospital after he was shot by a Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy during a struggle with officers.

This incident was reported about 5 p.m. Tuesday at a one-room cabin in the area of Chestnutburg Road near Ansted.

According to a news release, deputies went to the cabin to serve a warrant for escape from community corrections. Deputies also wanted to question the person about a case of child abuse and neglect, according to deputies.

Deputies say when they approached the cabin, Brian Lee Koch, 30, of Big Creek Road area near Chimney Corner, refused to leave the cabin and barricaded himself inside. That's when deputies forced their way in the cabin and found Koch armed with a rifle.

According to a news release, Koch hit a police K-9 with his rifle and then brandished the rifle at a deputy. The deputy discharged his handgun, hitting Koch in the arm, according to the release.

Koch dropped his rifle, but continued to struggle with officers until he was handcuffed.

Koch was taken to Raleigh General Hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

The Deputy's name involved in the shooting has not been released.

West Virginia State Police are now conducting an independent investigation into this shooting incident. According to the news release, additional charges could be filed against Koch, including charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

No other information is being released at this time.


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