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UPDATE: Name released in officer involved shooting


UPDATE:  11:50 pm

The following is a news release from Lt. Michael Baylous, Public Information Officer with West Virginia State Police:

On July 2, 2015, at approximately 4:00pm, members of the West Virginia State Police and the Summers County Sheriff’s Department responded to a domestic/hostage situation between a man and woman at 53 Buck Rub Trail, in Meadow Bridge, West Virginia.  While en route to the scene, the officers received information that the involved male possibly had the intention of completing “suicide by cop.”  When the officers arrived on the scene, they encountered Mr. Brian Johnson (59 years of age), who was armed with a crossbow.  Although the officers ordered Mr. Johnson to drop the crossbow, he refused to comply and subsequently fired his weapon at the officers.  The officers responded by utilizing their department issued firearms.  As a result, Mr. Johnson was fatally wounded.  No officers were injured during this incident.  The female victim of the domestic/hostage situation did not receive any significant physical injuries.          


UPDATE: 9 p.m.    

One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting near the Summers/Greenbrier County line. It happened Thursday afternoon on Fisher Creek Road in the community of Elton in Summers County.  West Virginia State Police say a domestic dispute escalated into a hostage situation.

According to police, the man who was shot was holding a woman hostage inside the home. She was able to get away and called 911.

When officers arrived on scene, they were confronted by a man who was armed with a crossbow. He reportedly started shooting at troopers, and was shot and killed by an officer.

Police aren't releasing any additional information at this time, but we'll continue to follow the story as it develops.


WVVA News is working to gather information about an officer involved shooting near the Summers/Greenbrier County line on Fisher Creek Road.

West Virginia State Police has confirmed that one person is dead after a domestic dispute escalated into a hostage situation.

Police are withholding details at this time but WVVA has learned that the person killed was shot by a police officer.

WVVA's Haley Bianco is in route and will soon provide more information from the scene.

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