Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 13, 2014

One dead following officer-involved shooting in Mercer

KEGLEY — State Police authorities are investigating a fatal-officer involved shooting in Mercer County, officials said Friday.

According to a press release issued by First Sgt. J.C. Powers, Senior Trooper B.D. Gillespie of the West Virginia State Police Welch Detachment, was awakened Thursday night by his wife who was screaming at three men in their driveway, tampering with their personal vehicle and Senior Trooper Gillespie's cruiser. Senior Trooper Gillespie, in his Class A uniform and cruiser, began looking for the subjects, the report said.

Gillespie eventually located the three subjects walking in the roadway, approximately a quarter mile from his residence. At that point, Powers said Gillespie began questioning the three subjects about tampering with the vehicles and the three subjects gave conflicting stories about what happened at the Gillespie residence. 

Upon further inquiry, Powers said Timothy Hill became belligerent and refused to comply with lawful commands made in the interest of safety which included placing his hands behind his back to be patted down for officer safety, according to the press release. The other two subjects left when Timothy Hill became combative. Gillespie attempted to take Hill into custody for obstructing. Hill's combativeness increased and he began fighting with Senior Trooper Gillespie, the report said.

During the fight, Powers said Gillespie sprayed Hill with capstun and struck him with a closed ASP baton, Gillespie and Hill then fell to the ground, where Hill got on top of the trooper, the report said. A nearby resident witnessed the fight and went to help Gillespie. At this time, all three men rolled into a deep culvert, where Hill attempted to disarm Gillespie. Gillespie was able to get control of his handgun and shot Timothy Hill two times, fatally wounding him, the report said.

This is currently an ongoing investigation.


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