Officer shot, suspect killed in Putnam County, W.Va.

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PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ/WTAP) - UPDATE 1/7/19 @ 4:24 a.m.

The Hurricane Police officer who was shot late Sunday night has been identified.

Sgt. Phillip Armentrout was shot in the upper leg, according to Mayor Scott Edwards.

The suspect was shot multiple times and died on the scene, authorities said.

Armentrout was released from St. Mary's Medical Center shortly after 2 a.m. Monday.

The shooting happened just before midnight at the intersection of Routes 34 and 60. The intersection remained closed Monday morning.

Police were chasing the suspect's vehicle on Route 60 when the suspect crashed. The suspect then shot Armentrout in the leg as he was approaching the scene, according to Mayor Edwards.


UPDATE 1/7/19 @ 3:45 a.m.

The Hurricane Police officer who was shot late Sunday night has been released from the hospital and is back home with family.

The Rt. 34/Rt. 60 intersection will remain closed through much of Monday morning.



A Hurricane police officer is in "stable condition" this morning after a suspect shot the officer in the leg after a pursuit.

According to Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia, the suspect in the pursuit was shot and killed by Hurricane police and sheriff's deputies involved in the pursuit.

The suspect wrecked his vehicle near the intersection of Rt. 34 and Rt. 60 in Putnam county just before midnight. Authorities are not saying why the pursuit was initially started.

Our sister station WSAZ told us neighbors in the area reported hearing between 30 and 35 gunshots. Putnam county dispatch was unable to confirm that information at the time of inquiry.

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