UPDATE: Nitro Police Officer Speaks Out About Fatal Shooting

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UPDATE 8/9/15 @ 10:40 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sergeant T.A. Jarrell, the Nitro officer involved in a fatal shooting Saturday August 1, said he had no choice but to shoot.

"There was unfortunately no other alternative," said Jarrell. "It's not something that any officer anywhere imagines themselves doing when they come to work. It's something we all hope never has to happen."

Jarrell was responding to a domestic disturbance call around 9:45 p.m. on Main Avenue. Before he arrived on scene, Jarrell said he was told the suspect, David Lane Cooke, 52, of Nitro, had gone to the boat docks.

He then received a reckless driving call.

"I had received another call, while en route to this call, that there was a motorist that was driving erratically, had run someone off the road, traveling at a high rate of speed," said Jarrell.

The description of that vehicle matched Cooke's.

Jarrell found Cooke parked at the boat docks, standing outside his car. Cooke was diligently messing with something in the passenger seat - what Jarrell later found to be several guns.

"As I walked around where the gentleman was, he had a firearm in his hand and opened fire. We exchanged fire at that point," said Jarrell.

Jarrell said he was not only protecting himself, but several bystanders who were in the parking lot within feet of the armed man. It was a split-second decision to save the lives of others.

"There is absolutely zero time to think," said Jarrell. "If you think, you've lost."

Cooke was pronounced dead at the scene. Jarrell said their sympathies are with the family.

Jarrell is an 11-year veteran with the department and has been a police officer for 15 years. He said he has to rely on his instincts and his training in situations like this one.

"Training is crucial," said Jarrell. "You can't train too much for a situation like that. It's invaluable."

The sergeant was placed on administrative leave, which is protocol in these situations. He was also required to undergo psychological evaluations because of how traumatic incidents like this can be. Jarrell has since returned to work.

The Nitro Police Department is conducting an internal investigation.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is also investigating.

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UPDATE 8/3/15 @ 4 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley has released the name of an officer involved in a deadly shooting during a domestic violence call.

Nitro Police responded to a home on Main Avenue about 9:45 p.m. Saturday for a domestic violence complaint.

When they got on scene, police say they were told the suspect, David Lane Cooke, 52, of Nitro, had gone to the boat docks.

Oxley tells WSAZ when Sgt. T.A. Jarrell got on scene, Cooke got out of his car and walked around it. Oxley says when Sgt. Jarrell got out of his cruiser, Cooke shot at him and Sgt. Jarrell returned fire, hitting Cooke.

Cooke was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt. Jarrell is an 11-year veteran with the department. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is protocol in these situations.

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ORIGINAL STORY 8/1/15 @ 11:25 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va (WSAZ) -- Police say one of its officers shot and killed a domestic violence suspect Saturday night after he opened fire on the officer.

Dispatchers told WSAZ that the call came in around 9:45 p.m. Saturday about a shooting near the boat docks.

Nitro Police said they'd received a domestic violence complaint Saturday evening on Main Avenue. After arriving on the scene, police were told the suspect had gone to the boat docks.

Police Chief Brian Oxley told WSAZ that when the police officer arrived, the suspect got out of his car and walked around it. After the officer got out of his cruiser, the suspect shot at him. The officer fired back. The suspect was hit and died at the scene.

"You never know what type of situation you're coming in," Oxley told WSAZ. "This is about every situation that law enforcement's involved in. You get out of your car not knowing what mindset people are in."

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