UPDATE | One dead in officer-involved shooting in Huntington; name released

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 9/24/19 @ 4:30 p.m.
The name of a man who was killed in a shootout with police after a hostage situation has been released.

A hostage situation and shootout with police led to a man's death along 8th Street in Huntington.

Jarod Lee Smith, 41, of Huntington, was a convicted felon with an extensive criminal record, Huntington Police say. He was pronounced dead at the scene just after 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The incident happened on the parking lot of a convenience store in the 800 block of 8th Street. Police say Smith exchanged gunfire with officers at that location after holding a woman hostage.

According to HPD, officers were called to the scene after an armed robbery. Police say Smith had been living with the woman who he held hostage and even used her as a human shield during the incident. They say Smith had one gun on the woman and pointed a second one toward officers after he was told to drop the weapon.

Officers also say Smith tried to steal a car traveling north on 8th Street after his attempts to get into the convenience store were unsuccessful.

During the exchange of gunfire, Smith struck an officer's cruiser several times. Police returned fire, killing Smith who was pronounced dead by Cabell County EMS paramedics.

The woman being held hostage wasn't hurt.

Eighth Street in that general area has been closed for hours during the investigation.

Smith’s prior convictions include aggravated robbery in 1998, unlawful wounding in 2000 and domestic battery and wanton endangerment involving a firearm in 2006.

Officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings, according to the city of Huntington.

“Our officers train extensively for events like the one we encountered today,” Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial said in a news release. “Their actions were exactly as they are trained to do. They quickly engaged the suspect and ended the threat to themselves and others. Without their immediate and well-coordinated response, it is likely others would have been injured or killed. They are to be commended for their bravery and professional response.”

Mayor Steve Williams issued the following statement in a news release: “We do not tolerate these types of incidents in Huntington. Thankfully, officers were able to protect our community members who were in the area at the time and walked away free from harm.”



UPDATE 9/24/19 @ 8:22 a.m.
A person is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Huntington.

It happened just before 6:30 a.m. near the 900 block of 8th Street Tuesday.

According to Huntington Police, it was a hostage situation and the hostage taker is dead.

Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial tells WSAZ the suspect fired at officers and police fired back.

There's no word how many hostages were involved.

Officers say no one else was hurt.

8th St. is closed in the area.

No other information has been released.

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/24/19 @ 7:15 a.m.
Huntington Police are investigating a shooting that has closed 8th St.

The shooting happened a little before 6:30 a.m. in the 900 block of 8th St.

8th St. is closed in the area.

There's no information about the person who was shot, or the circumstances that led to the shooting.

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