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Reports: Law enforcement officers shoot man on West Virginia highway

KDKA News Update PM: July 6, 2022
KDKA News Update PM: July 6, 2022 02:03

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — Several law enforcement authorities shot a man on a federal highway in West Virginia, news outlets reported Wednesday, and video of the shooting was circulating on social media.

Authorities did not release details or respond to requests for more information.

In the video, the man walks onto the four-lane freeway near the city of Beckley while holding what appears to be a handgun. At least a half-dozen law enforcement officers are in pursuit with their guns drawn. The man alternately points the object in his hand at his head and raises it in the air several times while facing the officers and then turning his back and walking away.

An officer shoots the man, who falls to the ground. Then authorities fire several more times, even as he lies unresponsive.

The West Virginia State Police, Raleigh County Sheriff's Department and the Fayette County Sheriff's Department did not return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment Wednesday.

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