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Police: Man shot after firing at state trooper

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RALEIGH COUNTY (WVVA) - A Hinton man is recovering from two gunshot wounds after police say he fired shots at a state trooper responding to his residence.

Corp. J.D. Cooper of the Hinton detachment of the State Police responded to a complaint of a man -- identified as 63-year-old Gary Richmond -- shooting in the River Road area of Raleigh County, near the Summers County line on Thursday evening.

Upon arrival, Cooper found Richmond inside his residence holding a revolver, according to a news release from the West Virginia State Police.

The release further states that Cooper ordered Richmond to put down the gun, to which Richmond responded by firing a shot at Cooper, missing him.

Cooper then returned fire.

Richmond was flown to Charleston Area Medical center for treatment for gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Cooper did not receive any serious injuries.

Richmond will be charged in Raleigh County for attempted first-degree murder and wanton endangerment upon his release from the hospital.

A State Police spokesperson says Cooper has been placed on critical incident leave.

Following is the full news release from the West Virginia State Police:

South Charleston, West Virginia – On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at approximately 6:30pm, Corporal J. D. Cooper of the Hinton Detachment, responded to a complaint of a man shooting in the River Road area of Raleigh County, near the Hinton City limits.  The initial information received identified Mr. Gary Richmond (63 years of age, from 171 River Road, Hinton, WV) as the shooter.  When Corporal Cooper arrived, Mr. Richmond was not found outside his residence.  Therefore, Corporal Cooper knocked on the front door of his residence.  Mr. Richmond opened the door and could be clearly seen holding a revolver in his hand.

Corporal Cooper verbally ordered Mr. Richmond to put the weapon down; however, Mr. Richmond fired the weapon at Corporal Cooper and narrowly missed him.  Corporal Cooper responded to the immediate threat by returning fire with his department issued firearm.  Mr. Richmond retreated back into his residence for a moment and then emerged in another attempt to kill Corporal Cooper.  Corporal Cooper fired his weapon again causing Mr. Richmond to retreat into his residence and collapse on the floor.

Mr. Richmond was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center for treatment for a gunshot wound to chest and abdomen.  Fortunately, Corporal Cooper did not receive any serious injuries.  Warrants will be obtained on Mr. Richmond in Raleigh County for attempted first degree murder and wanton endangerment.  These warrants will be served upon his release from the hospital.

"Looking back over my nearly 40 years in law enforcement, I can't recall a time when there was as much violent behavior directed specifically at police officers.  It almost seems that on a daily basis, Troopers are confronted with angry folks who have absolutely no regard for the welfare of others.  While these types of attitudes may have been historically prevalent in other parts of the country, for the most part, they did not exist here in West Virginia.  I am relieved that Corporal Cooper was able to return home to his family after this incident; however, I am saddened by what seems to be an increasing trend of violent and aggressive behavior toward authority figures in our beloved State." – Colonel C. R. "Jay" Smithers   

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Authorities have confirmed a shooting in the New River Road area of Raleigh County -- near the Summers County line.

At least one person was wounded in the incident. The extent of injuries is unknown at this time.

The West Virginia State Police is handling the investigation. Investigating officers could not immediately be reached for comment.

WVVA News will provide more details as they are made available.

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