State trooper fatally shot in West Virginia ambush, suspect in custody after intense manhunt

West Virginia State Trooper Fatally Shot in Apparent Ambush Attack

A West Virginia state trooper was shot and killed on Tuesday in an apparent ambush attack, according to NBC News. The trooper, identified as 38-year-old Jeremiah Burkhart, was killed in the line of duty while responding to a suspicious vehicle report in the town of Princeton.

Authorities say Burkhart was shot by a man who had been lying in wait for him. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Toby Mathew Wilson, allegedly fired multiple shots at the trooper before fleeing the scene.

Wilson was later apprehended by police after a massive manhunt in the surrounding area. He has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Trooper Burkhart.

The shooting has sent shockwaves throughout the state, with many residents expressing their condolences to the trooper’s family and the state police department. First responders from neighboring towns have also paid their respects to Trooper Burkhart, laying wreaths and flowers at his memorial.

This tragedy comes just weeks after another West Virginia state trooper, 24-year-old Eric Workman, was killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop. It serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers face every day while protecting their communities.