West Virginia State Trooper shot in Mingo County, suspect on the loose

CHARLESTON — A West Virginia State Trooper was shot in Mingo County on Friday, and the suspect remains on the loose, according to a press release issued late Friday afternoon. Anyone with information is asked to call the W.Va. State Police at 304-746-2158.

“The West Virginia State Police is currently investigating an active shooting investigation where a uniformed member of the West Virginia State Police has been shot,” the press release states. “Troopers responded to a shooting complaint in the Beech Creek area of Mingo County. Once on scene, the troopers were met with gunfire. The trooper [shot] was transported to Logan Memorial Hospital.”

Police say the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

“The shooter is not in custody, and several other members of the West Virginia State Police are on scene attempting to locate the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Timothy Kennedy of Beech Creek, West Virginia,” the release states. “Anyone with information on the location of the suspect should notify the West Virginia State Police at 304-746-2158. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.”

A shelter-in-place order was issued for parts of Mingo County, and graduation ceremonies planned for Mingo Central High School Friday evening were postponed, according to a statement from the Mingo County Board of Education.

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