DEPUTIES | Woman dead, man shot, officer injured after string of violence

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Police say a woman is dead, a man has been shot, and a police officer was hospitalized after a string of violence on Charleston's West Side.

At least three different incidents played out Tuesday morning and according the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, all are likely to be related.

Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford believes it all started at the intersection of Georgia Street and Washington West, where an elderly woman was killed at a house. Charleston police say they are investigating the death as a homicide.

Next was a possible carjacking, followed by a crash on Tennessee Avenue.

Sheriff Rutherford says that's when the suspect took off down Bigley Avenue near a gas station. He was followed by paramedics and a good samaritan who called police.

The situation came to an end at the intersection of Buchanan Street and Bigley Avenue, after the suspect got out of the car, picked up a metal iron and hit Charleston Patrolman Terrence Casto on the head several times.

While being hit with the metal iron, the sheriff's department says Casto pulled out his gun and fired two shots at the suspect.

Officials confirm the suspect was hit and injured. He was taken to the hospital where he successfully made it through surgery.

Patrolman Casto was also injured and taken to the hospital. He is now at home recovering.

The sheriff's office is investigating the officer-involved shooting, while Charleston police is investigating the other incidents.

The suspects name has not been released at this time but officials say charges will be filed against the man including first degree murder.

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Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford believes it all started at the intersection of Georgia Street and Washington West where a woman was killed at a house.