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OAK HILL (WVVA) - The manhunt continues in Fayette County for a man accused of shooting a police officer.

U.S. Marshals are now assisting in the search.

Police have been able to review surveillance video near the scene of the shooting, but the video did not show the suspect.

Authorities continue to pursue several leads.

Sgt. Lee Kirk of the Oak Hill Police Department was shot once in the chest while responding to an alarm near Maple Hill Apartments in Oak Hill around 1 a.m. The suspect fled on foot toward the Whipple area on Scarbro Road.

Kirk, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was treated and released at a local hospital. He was able to return to the scene shortly after the shooting to aid in the investigation.

Authorities released a composite sketch of the suspect at an 11 a.m. press conference. He is described as a black male with medium build, with a dreadlock-type hairstyle. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a green t-shirt.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Oak Hill Police Chief Michael Whisman said 20-30 officers from multiple agencies including the Oak Hill PD, State Police and Fayette County Sheriff's Department are assisting in the investigation.

If you have any information on the suspect you are urged to contact your local authorities.

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