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Upshur County deputies respond to assist Lewis County after armed robbery Friday

WESTON — Upshur County deputies responded to the western part of the county Friday after an armed robbery in Weston resulted in a police chase involving multiple agencies.

According to local news reports, the incident allegedly began late Friday morning at the Hot Spot Lounge in Weston. After allegedly robbing the business at gunpoint, a man led police on a car chase around Lewis County. He then wrecked in the area of the Berlin Road/Old Route 33 near the Weston Walmart, reportedly attempted to take a man hostage, and was shot and killed by police.

Upshur County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Coffman said sheriff’s deputies and the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Task Force officers responded to the incident.

Coffman said deputies were staged at the Lewis-Upshur County line in the Hacker’s Creek area and along U.S. Route 33, but the standoff ended in Lewis County behind the Weston Walmart.

“We were at the county line in two areas and ready to deploy stop sticks, but he ended up going a different way and didn’t come into Upshur County,” he said.

Multiple agencies — including the West Virginia State Police, Division of Natural Resources Police and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — responded and helped secure the scene.

The investigation is ongoing, and the suspect’s name had not been released as of Friday night.

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