Hello, I have been a lurker for awhile and thought this should be posted. It happened a month ago, but they just recently released the radio traffic and dash cam today. Real sad for all the officers involved, just reiterates how dangerous any shooting can be.
BREAKING NEWS: Charleston Releases Dashcam Video of Deadly Chase
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"CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Mayor Danny Jones revealed at a Sunday evening news conference that "there's every reason to believe" friendly fire killed Patrolman Jerry Jones.
Patrolman Jones was shot and killed during a chase that ended in the Quick area of Kanawha County after 1 a.m. Sunday morning.
Mayor Danny Jones says police can't prove it at this point, but they believe the shot that killed Patrolman Jones came from one of the city's officers. Mayor Jones says they are not sure which gun the bullet came from, but police believe the suspect during the chase was "armed with a two-and-a-half-ton vehicle" and not a gun. Patrolman Jones was wearing a bullet proof vest when he was shot, but was hit just above it.
Mayor Jones says it all started at about 9 p.m. Saturday when the suspect, who the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department has identified as 31-year-old Brian Scott Good of Slack’s Trailer Court in Miliken, apparently hit a woman's car in Charleston and took off. Officers spotted his vehicle later in the night, and that's when the chase started.
Good pulled his pickup truck into a gravel lot off Quick Road, turned around and rammed his truck into a police cruiser at full throttle, and then backed up and hit two other cruisers, according to the mayor.
"He had to be stopped," said Jones. "You could not let this individual be turned back loose to the public.
Officers then shot and killed Good and Patrolman Jones was hit. Jones was flown to a Charleston hospital where he later died.
"Now, in the crossfire, it looks like something terrible has happened here," said Mayor Jones. "But in my eyes, these officers are all heroes."
Chief Brent Webster says he believes the officers made the right decisions.
"To me, it appeared that the incident was unavoidable, controlled by the suspect. He put the officers in a very bad situation. We didn't have any factors we could control," said Webster.
Mayor Jones said he thought it was important to get this information to the public as soon as possible.
"Police officers by their very nature are 100-percenters. When I tell police that are investigating this that I'd like to go ahead and get this out, not all of them, but some of them don't understand. They don't understand that number one: bad news doesn't get better with age, and two: if we don't get this out, some people are going to get pretty cynical and think we're trying to hold things back. We're not," said Mayor Jones.
Five police officers have been placed on paid leave, while the investigation into the shooting takes place. There were four officers at the scene, including Patrolman Jones, at the time of the incident. The other two on leave arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting took place.
It was also revealed Sunday night that there was a woman in the car with Good who was not hurt. The Kanawha County Prosecutor's office is assessing whether charges will be filed against her. Her name has not been released.
Patrolman Jones had been with the City of Charleston since 2005.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department says it is not releasing any more information about the incident at this point in the investigation."
I apologize if this is a repost.