West Virginia Trooper Involved in Deadly Shooting

Jan 17, 2016

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For the second time since Friday, a West Virginia State Police trooper has used deadly force against a suspect.

State police said Sunday that a trooper fatally shot a suspected drunken driver shortly after midnight.

Lt. Michael Baylous said the trooper was trying to pull the vehicle over, but it failed to stop. A chase ensued. The trooper pursued the vehicle and then approached it on foot. The vehicle then headed directly toward the trooper, and he fired.

The shooting in Ritchie County resulted in the death of Clarence Layfield Jr. A passenger in his vehicle was uninjured.

In Elkins on Friday, a 26-year-old man was fatally shot after troopers said he pointed a shotgun at them. The two troopers were assisting local officials serve a warrant.