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(WVVA) - West Virginia lawmakers on the state and federal levels released statements on Tuesday night's tragic shooting in which four people were shot -- including one state trooper fatally.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller: "Sharon and I are absolutely heartbroken to learn of last night's tragic events. Our law enforcement officers are the best, and when one falls in the line of duty, all of West Virginia grieves with them. Our thoughts and prayers—and indeed that of our entire state—are with those who were injured or killed last night, and their loved ones."

House Speaker Rick Thompson: "I know I speak for every member of the House of Delegates in saying that our hearts ache for the loved ones of the State Police officer who lost his life in the line of duty, and we are praying for the officers who were injured and their families members. The men and women who serve and protect this state put their lives on the line every single day, a fact that is easy for us to forget in our day-to-day lives."

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin: "Gayle and I were deeply saddened when we learned of this terrible incident and immediately prayed for the fallen officer, those who were injured, and their families. Our law enforcement and first responders perform an amazing job each and every day, never blinking in the sight of danger. We join with fellow West Virginians as we continue to keep these officers and their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time."

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