Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 8, 2013

Georgia man dead following officer-involved shooting in Greenbrier County

LEWISBURG — A Georgia man is dead following an officer-involved shooting Monday evening in Greenbrier County.

Jimmy L. Hamlin Jr., 44, of the Kathleen, Ga., area was shot by officers after making a “hostile action” with a weapon following a traffic stop in Lewisburg, according to First Sgt. D.L. Bowles, with the West Virginia State Police Lewisburg detachment.

Bowles said the incident began around 4:15 p.m. Monday when Greenbrier County 911 dispatched a call for officers to be on the lookout for a vehicle driven by Hamlin, who had been involved in a domestic dispute and was reported to have been drinking and armed.

Approximately 15 minutes later, officers from the Lewisburg Police Department made a traffic stop of the vehicle along U.S. 219, just south of the U.S. 219 and Interstate 64 intersection. “Upon approaching the vehicle the Lewisburg Police Department officers observed the man to be armed with a rifle and he failed to comply with their directives,” Bowles said.

Officers with the West Virginia State Police, Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office and Alderson and Ronceverte Police Departments responded to the area, he said.

“Hamlin exited his vehicle with the rifle and an armed standoff ensued,” Bowles said. “After a matter of minutes, Hamlin made a hostile action with the weapon. Officers responded by firing on Hamlin.”

Bowles said Hamlin sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, where he died from his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The investigation is being conducted by the West Virginia State Police.

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