West Virginia State Trooper Killed in Ambush-Style Shooting, Suspect in Custody
A West Virginia State Police trooper was fatally shot in an ambush-style shooting on Tuesday evening. The officer, identified as Trooper Cory Maynard, was reportedly on routine patrol in Mingo County when he was shot and killed.
According to authorities, the suspect, who has not yet been identified, was taken into custody following a manhunt in the area. The suspect was reportedly found hiding in a wooded area and surrendered peacefully.
The West Virginia State Police issued a statement condemning the attack and expressing their condolences to Maynard’s family. “The West Virginia State Police family is mourning the loss of a brother in blue this evening. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and colleagues of Trooper Cory Maynard.”
The shooting has sparked an outpouring of grief and support from law enforcement officials and local residents. A vigil is planned for Wednesday evening in memory of Maynard.
The incident has also prompted concerns about the safety of law enforcement officers in the state. “This is a tragic reminder of the dangerous work our law enforcement officers undertake every day to keep our communities safe,” said West Virginia Governor Jim Justice. “We must do everything in our power to ensure the safety of those who serve and protect our state.”