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West Virginia State Police investigate shooting by Roane County deputy

SPENCER — The West Virginia State Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by a Roane County Sheriff’s deputy last week.

Neither the name of the victim — who was believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance and reaching for a weapon at the time of the shooting — nor the officer had been released by the sheriff’s department as of Monday afternoon.

According to a statement from Roane County Sheriff L. Todd Cole, a deputy responded to a complaint on Kettle Road, near the Kanawha County line, around 7:50 p.m. Thursday. A male suspect was reportedly trying to force entry into the caller’s home and attempting to start a fight with neighbors.

“The suspect was described as talking out of his head and believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance,” Cole said in the statement.

The deputy encountered the man on the front porch of the man’s residence, he said.

“The suspect failed to comply with the officer’s direction, moved towards a weapon, and was shot by the deputy,” Cole said in the statement. “The suspect died as a result of his injuries.”

The deputy is on administrative leave while State Police investigate.

“While the investigation is pending, no other information is available,” Cole said in the statement. “Once the investigation is concluded, more information will be forthcoming.”

A call seeking comment from the State Police was not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

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