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UPDATE: Investigators believe pursuit suspect shot himself

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PRINCETON (WVVA) -

UPDATE: After investigating a police pursuit that ended with the driver shot Saturday night, investigators believe the gunshot was self-inflicted.

According to a press release from the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment, Princeton police attempted to pull over the truck for expired registration around 10:20 p.m. on North Walker Road.

The truck, which was being driven by James Hicks III, 25, began to flee.

The release says the male passenger jumped out of the moving truck along Route 20 near Fox Ridge Apartments with his hands in the air.  

The truck then came to a stop at the Grants Supermarket in Glenwood.

According to investigators, when the Princeton police officer got out of his car, Hicks fired six shots inside the truck.  After hearing the shots and seeing the muzzle flash, the officer believed Hicks was firing at him and other responding officers.  The police unit then fired three rounds at the truck, one of which hit the cab area, but did not hit Hicks.

The release says that five of the six rounds fired by Hicks went through the top of the truck and the sixth bullet is believed to be what caused Hicks' injury.

"Due to the nature and location of the suspect's wound, it is believed to have been self-inflicted," says the release.  Investigators say that is corroborated with evidence collected and statements given to police.

Hicks was flown to Charleston Area Medical Center where he is alive and stable.

Below is the WVSP Princeton Detachment's News Release:

West Virginia State Police
Princeton Detachment

MEDIA RELEASE

On Saturday, December 5, 2015 at approximately 10:20 pm a Princeton PD unit attempted to stop a truck on North Walker Street for expired registration. The truck which was occupied by two male subjects fled and the Princeton PD unit pursued the suspect vehicle. The passenger of the suspect vehicle jumped out with his hands in the air near Fox Ridge  apartments on Route 20 while the truck was still moving. The pursuit continued to Grants Supermarket in Glenwood where the suspect vehicle stopped in the parking lot. When the Princeton PD officer jumped out of his car to cover the suspect, the suspect fired a total of six rounds. The Princeton PD officer heard the shots and visually observed  muzzle flash from inside the suspect vehicle. The Princeton PD Officer believed the suspect was shooting at him and other officers on scene. The Princeton PD unit fired three rounds at the suspect. Two of the three rounds struck the suspect vehicle and only one bullet penetrated the cab area. The round that penetrated the cab did not hit the suspect.

Of the six rounds fired by the suspect 5 exited the top of the cab. One round did not exit and is believed to be the round that caused the suspect's injury.

Due to the location and nature of the suspect's wound, it is believed to have been self -inflicted. Evidence collected at the scene and statements that have been obtained have also helped the investigators determine the suspect's wound was self- inflicted.

The suspect identified as 25 year old James Hicks III, was flown to CAMC General. James Hicks III is alive and stable at this time.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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UPDATE: Mercer County dispatch says the man shot in the police pursuit is now being airlifted to Charleston Area Medical Center.

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A traffic stop in Mercer County turns into a pursuit and ends with a man shot and taken to the hospital.

Dispatch says the traffic stop was initiated around 10:20 p.m. Saturday night and police say the pursuit started on North Walker Road in Princeton.

The pursuit ended at the Grants Supermarket on New Hope Road and police confirm shots were fired.  A man was shot, but police are not releasing at this time if the shot was self-inflicted or if it was by an officer.

Officers say the man was taken to the hospital and his condition is unknown.

Dispatch says two people were in the car and two people are in custody.

West Virginia State Police are investigating.

Stay with WVVA as we continue to gather details.

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