SPENCER, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia have identified a suspect they say fired at officers before being fatally shot.
State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous tells news outlets 65-year-old Bernard Cottrell was killed in the Tuesday afternoon shooting. Cottrell lived in Reedy in Roane County, about 55 miles northeast of Charleston.
Baylous says at least one trooper had accompanied a Roane County sheriff’s deputy serving a petition for a mental health evaluation when they encountered Cottrell driving and pursued him.
Baylous says Cottrell fired at officers when the pursuit ended and officers fired back, killing Cottrell. No officers were injured.
Authorities haven’t released the race of either Cottrell or the officers involved in the shooting.