MINGO COUNTY, West Virginia– The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is currently conducting an investigation into the shooting incident.
This is a standard procedure that takes place whenever officers discharge their weapons.
As part of an internal review, the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave with pay.
It is important to note that no officers sustained any injuries during the incident.
Justice released a statement on Facebook.
“I am absolutely heartbroken tonight to report that Sergeant Cory Maynard of the West Virginia State Police was fatally wounded in an incident this afternoon near Matewan,” Gov. Justice said, in part.
During the incident in Matewan, which was initially reported as a shots-fired call around 3:30 p.m., another individual was also shot. The current condition of this person has not been provided.
The West Virginia State Police have identified the suspect involved as 29-year-old Timothy Kennedy. Around 10 p.m. on Friday, law enforcement authorities stated that Kennedy was sighted in the Beech Creek area.
He was subsequently arrested when he approached a command center that had been established by the state police.
“We received word there was a stolen vehicle nearby the area where we last had contact with him,” Lt. Colonel B.L. Mankins with the West Virginia State Police, said. “As fate would have it, the stolen vehicle came toward our command post at a high rate of speed.
When he got to the command post, the troopers on scene determined it was the suspect in the shooting earlier today, and he was taken into custody at that point.”
Kennedy will be taken to the South Central Regional Jail.
Earlier in the evening, authorities were attempting to land a helicopter to transport the injured trooper to receive medical treatment.
As a precautionary measure, residents were instructed to remain indoors and take shelter in their homes due to the fact that Kennedy was considered armed and dangerous.
The Mingo County Board of Education announced that all campuses were placed under lockdown, and the high school graduation ceremony was postponed due to the ongoing situation in the vicinity.
Following the unfortunate incident, a procession was organized, departing from Logan Regional Medical Center, to transport Maynard’s body to the state medical examiner’s office located in Charleston.
Gov. Justice ordered all U.S. and state flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the trooper.