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Neighbors of Freddy Williams, the second Logan County murder victim this week, say they were all concerned that John Dempsey would be coming to the area in the days that he was on the run. 

"I sensed it. I really did. I figured [Dempsey] would be around here," said Roger Adkins, a close friend of murder victim Freddie Williams.

Adkins said that Dempsey had come to the area outside of Man for more than a year. He had a reputation for petty thefts and drug abuse. He was linked to a break in at the Williams' property. 

As for the officer involve shooting that killed Dempsey, it is still under investigation. Currently, four members of the West Virginia State Police are on administrative leave for their involvement in the shooting. State Police policy dictates that anyone involved in a shooting be put on administrative leave. 

Police are investigating whether or not the gun that Dempsey pulled from the stolen vehicle was taken from the Williams' home. If it did, it would be a direct link to the murder scene. 

"We still haven't been able to link Dempsey to that homicide," said State Police Captain D. M. Nelson. 


West Virginia State Police in Logan County have confirmed new details tonight about the activities that led to the death of John Edward Dempsey, the suspect in the murder of Logan resident Grover Morrison.

Dempsey was involved in a home invasion at the home of an elderly man earlier Thursday evening in the Taplin area, according to Capt. David Nelson, with West Virginia State Police. Investigators said the man was able to chase Dempsey off his property as he wielded a firearm. 

Capt. Nelson told 13News Dempsey then targeted the man's neighbor. He said Dempsey held Pamela Irwin at gunpoint, stole her SUV, and drove off. He then led police on a 10-minute chase, Capt. Nelson said . The pursuit ended when Dempsey got out of the car and was shot and killed by police.

"We didn't want it to come to this, "Capt. Nelson said.

Another man was found dead in the Taplin area around the same time Thursday, in the same area where Dempsey stole the vehicle. Police said they found Freddy Williams stabbed to death. State Police and Logan Police are investigating to see if Dempsey had any involvement in the crime.



13News has learned the name of the person found dead tonight in Taplin. West Virginia State Police identify him as Freddy Williams. Police say he was found stabbed to death. At this time they do not know if John Dempsey had anything to do with Williams' death. 




13News has confirmed through West Virginia State Police that John Dempsey, the suspect in this week's murder in Logan, has been shot and killed by police.

Officers caught up with Dempsey during a pursuit. Dempsey was eventually shot and killed during an altercation with officers in the Man area of Logan County. Another man was found dead in Taplin. Police are investigating to see if Dempsey had any involvement.

This story started back on Tuesday evening when West Virginia State Police and Logan Police surrounded a home on Stratton Street in Logan. That is where they found the body of 88 year old Grover Morrison. Morrison was well known in the community and had spent years working in the banking industry.

Investigators almost immediately named John Dempsey as the suspect in the murder. A short time later they found Morrison's vehicle abandoned in the RiteAid parking lot near Man. They believed that Dempsey was in the Man area.

Tuesday night and Wednesday law enforcement officers from several agencies combed the area looking for Dempsey. They followed up on multiple leads from the public but none of them panned out.

But Thursday night Dempsey resurfaced leading police on a chase. It all ended Thursday night when troopers shot and killed Dempsey.

13News has a crew in Logan County. Keep checking for updates on this developing story.