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UPDATE: Name, details released in deadly Lewisburg standoff

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BECKLEY, W. Va (WVVA)- WVVA has learned new details in the shooting that happened in Lewisburg around Rt. 219 Monday evening.

1st Sergeant Michael Baylous of the West Virginia State Police said the victim is 44-year-old Jimmy L. Hamlin Jr. of Kathleen, Georgia.

Police say the suspect was romantically involved with someone in Greenbrier County. which brought him to the area.

According to Baylous, police had been searching for Hamlin after receiving a call about a domestic dispute on the western end of Greenbrier County.

They were able to pull him over for a traffic stop around 4:30 p.m., and after they approached his red truck they determined he was armed.

Baylous said the officers called for backup, and after a few minutes, Hamlin got out of his truck with a rifle. Officers asked him to put his gun down, but he refused.

Hamlin had pointed that rifle at himself several times during the exchange, said Chief Tim Stover of the Lewisburg Police Department, and eventually made a "threatening gesture" to the officers on the scene.

"In response to the immediate threat, the officers fired," said Baylous.  Several shots were fired toward Hamlin, who died on the scene.

The WV Medical Examiner is investigating Hamlin's body, and Baylous said the West Virginia State Police were also conducting a full investigation on Monday's events.

"We do not take this lightly," said Baylous. "We do not relish the idea of [taking a life] but safety was a priority."

Police said a potentially dangerous situation was avoided, and no other injuries occurred.


LEWISBURG (WVVA) - A man is shot dead by police after a traffic stop in Lewisburg. 

According to police and eyewitnesses, the driver was pulled over on Route 219 near the Shoney's restaurant around 5 p.m. Monday.

WVVA has learned that the driver exited the vehicle with a weapon pointed at himself.  A short time later as more police arrived, the man is said to have pointed the weapon at police, prompting officers to fire, killing the man.

A news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday in Beckley. WVVA News will be there and provide more details on the incident as they are released.

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