UPDATE: Officer in officer-involved shooting cleared of wrongdoing in internal investigation

Published: Jun. 4, 2021 at 9:39 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 12:05 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Parkersburg Police Chief Martin confirmed that M.E. Stewart has been cleared of wrong-doing in an internal investigation.

Stewart fatally shot Rufus James Ramsey III when responding to an incident in which Ramsey stabbed a woman with a meat cleaver multiple times. Ramsey refused to drop his weapon despite multiple commands from the officer.


The victim of the Oakwood Village Appartments has been released from the hospital, according to Police Chief Martin. Additionally, the internal investigation into the officer who fatally shot the man who stabbed the victim is wrapping up Friday. The officer’s name is M.E. Stewart and he will be returning to full-duty next week, according to Martin.

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