UPDATE | Hurricane Police officer injured on duty back to work

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HURRICANE, W.Va. (AP/WSAZ) -- UPDATE 5/29/19 @ 9:25 p.m.
A Hurricane Police officer injured in the line of duty is back on the job.

It's been nearly six months since Hurricane Police Sgt. Phillip Armentrout was shot by a suspect following a police chase.

It's been nearly six months since Sgt. Phillip Armentrout was shot by a suspect following a police chase.

Sgt. Armentrout approached the window of the suspect's car when the bullet went through his leg.

Officers fired back and the suspect died.

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards says Armentrout made a full recovery and is now back to work full force.



UPDATE 1/14/19 @ 4:55 p.m.
Police in West Virginia have released the name of a suspect who was fatally shot by officers after a car chase that ended in a crash.

The Herald-Dispatch reports state police identified the man as 42-year-old Kevin Shawn Hanson of Huntington.

Authorities say after Hanson's vehicle crashed, a Hurricane police officer approached and was shot in the leg. Putnam County Sheriff's deputies and Hurricane police returned fire, hitting and killing the suspect. He died Jan. 7.

The wounded officer, Sgt. Phillip Armentrout, was treated at a hospital and released.



UPDATE 1/7/19 @ 6:30 p.m.
"I've always dreaded this type of phone call," said Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards.

It came in at 11:40 p.m. Sunday night.

"The chief said, 'Phillip's been shot,'" Edwards recalled.

That began a sleepless night for Edwards, as he rushed to the scene.

"Lots of people were there. It was a very active scene. There was lots and lots of shots fired," Edwards said.

The night began with a chase.

A man took off from Hurricane officers and crashed off U.S. 60 on Midland Trail.

He wouldn't get out of his car and when officers approached him, he open fired.

Sgt. Phillip Armentrout was shot in the leg.

He was immediately taken to the hospital.

"We all sat there until he was released this morning, 'till he was released at 5:30 a.m. Someone said, 'Are you going home?' And I said I'm not leaving until they leave. That's not happening, I'm not going to leave," Edwards said.

Sgt. Armentrout will be OK.

He suffered a bullet through the leg that missed any major arteries.

But he's got a long road to recovery ahead of him -- one Edwards says the city can help with.

"The city just needs to pray for Phillip. For his recovery. Always watch out for these police officers. But be thankful for them all the time. They truly put their life on the line," Edwards said.

It's a sacrifice officers make every day.

And while a brother in blue taking a bullet is a tragedy, Edwards says it can prevent something even worse.

"One thing I'm really thankful for is that our officers are the ones that the suspect engaged with and didn't engage at a convenience store, didn't engage at Walmart, didn't engage during the day at a school," the mayor said.

Armentrout is now at home recovering with his family -- the best outcome in a worse-case scenario.



UPDATE 1/7/19 @ 4:24 a.m.
The Hurricane Police officer who was shot late Sunday night has been identified.

Sgt. Phillip Armentrout was shot in the upper leg, according to Mayor Scott Edwards.

The suspect was shot multiple times and died on the scene. Sgt. Armentrout was released from St. Mary's Medical Center a little after 2 Monday morning.

The shooting happened at the Rt. 34/Rt. 60 intersection just before midnight. The intersection remains closed Monday morning. Police were chasing the suspect's vehicle on Rt. 60 when the suspect crashed. The suspect then shot Sgt. Armentrout in the leg as he was approaching the scene, according to Mayor Edwards.

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UPDATE 1/7/19 @ 3:45 a.m.
The Hurricane Police officer who was shot late Sunday night has been released from the hospital and is back home with family.

The Rt. 34/Rt. 60 intersection will remain closed through much of Monday morning.

Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia tells us there was a chase, the suspect then wrecked his car near the intersection of Rt. 34 and Rt. 60.

Sorsaia says a Hurricane Police Officer approached the car and was shot in the leg by the suspect. At that time, Sheriff's deputies were also responding, they fired back along with Hurricane Police.

The suspect is dead, according to the Putnam County Prosecutor.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/7/19 @ 12:15 a.m.
An officer has been shot in Putnam County, and the suspect is dead.

The incident happened Sunday right before midnight.

Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia tells us there was a chase, the suspect then wrecked his car near the intersection of Rt. 34 and Rt. 60.

Sorsaia says a Hurricane Police Officer approached the car and was shot in the leg by the suspect. At that time, Sheriff's deputies were also responding, they fired back along with Hurricane Police.

The suspect is dead, according to the Putnam County Prosecutor.

Putnam County dispatchers tell WSAZ the officer is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

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