UPDATE: Police say suspect reached for gun when officer shot him

Published: Apr. 23, 2018 at 10:09 PM EDT
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UPDATE 4/24/18 @ 5:55 p.m.

Huntington police say the man who was shot by an officer Monday night was fighting with them and reached for a gun.

Investigators say it started about 9:15 p.m. Monday with a call of a suspicious person on Bostwick Road. Two officers responded and found Josh Ramey, 26, outside his home.

They say he became combative, even after police used a Taser, then Ramey reached for his own gun. That's when an officer fired one shot.

Ramey's girlfriend, Morgan Lovejoy, says she was inside at the time and about to get into the bath.

"That gunshot is what I heard," she said. "I'm still lost and confused. I just don't understand why they were even here in the first place."

She says she ran outside and saw Ramey lying in the street.

Two doors down, Kelly Baker heard that gunshot too.

"It's a quiet neighborhood," she said.

Her two children were inside. That's when she and her husband looked out and saw the police lights.

"My heart breaks for the family,” Baker said. “No matter the situation was at that time, it's still someone's family. It's still someone's son."

This is not Ramey's first run-in with the law.

Just last month, he was charged in Putnam County with possession of meth. In Cabell County he faces a possession with intent to deliver after police found heroin, meth, digital scales and $20,000 in cash in a bag inside a car he was driving in the Guyandotte area of Huntington.

Baker said her neighborhood seemed a little more solemn. She'll be keeping a closer eye out going forward.

"It definitely is going to make me more aware of what's going on,” she said. “Prayers to the family"

WSAZ spoke with the person who called 911 initially.

They tell us there was a suspicious pickup which slowly drove by and stopped outside their garage, which has been broken into several times recently. One person got out. They hollered at the individual to leave -- the truck drove off and that person walked off the other way.

Ramey is a no information patient at Cabell Huntington Hospital, but his father said he's stable.

Huntington Police declined to do any interviews about this story, instead releasing a one-page statement.

One of the officers involved was treated and released for undisclosed injuries he suffered Monday night.

Both officers are on administrative leave, which is normal procedure for these types of incidents. Police say prosecutors will be filing charges later.

UPDATE 4/24/18 @ 11:43 a.m.

A suspect is in custody after an officer-involved shooting. Investigators with the Huntington Police Department say an officer shot the man after he fought with police.

Joshua Ramey, 26, of Huntington, was arrested.

Huntington Police responded to a call about a suspicious person on Bostwick Road in Guyandotte.

It happened at about 9:15 p.m. Monday.

The officers found the suspect outside of a home. That's when police say Ramey became "combative" with the officers.

According to Interim Police Chief Hank Dial, the officers first tried to use a Taser to subdue Ramey. However, he allegedly kept fighting them.

Ramey allegedly reached for a gun. Then, an officer shot him one time.

Police say Ramey's injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

One officer was treated and released from a local hospital for injuries sustained during the incident.

The officers involved are being placed on administrative leave and will be offered counseling. Police say that is standard protocol.

The Huntington Police Department is working with the Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney's Office to determine what charges will be filed.


Huntington Police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting.

It happened just after 9 p.m. Monday in the 3000 block of Bostwick Road.

Huntington Police's Interim Chief Hank Dial tells us that the investigation is ongoing.

Dial says officers initially were responding to a 911 call of a complaint.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking WSAZ Mobile and for the latest on this developing story.

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