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Police: Man shoots himself during scuffle with officers in Dunbar, WV

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Police on the scene of a shooting in Dunbar, WV.  Photo Courtesy:  Elbert Mosley, 13 News Photojournalist Police on the scene of a shooting in Dunbar, WV. Photo Courtesy: Elbert Mosley, 13 News Photojournalist
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UPDATE:

New details have been released in an officer-involved shooting in Dunbar, WV.

According to Dunbar Police Chief Jess Bailes, three officers went to the home of Rick Wilcox to serve a domestic violence protective order Thursday night.

Police were working with Karen Wilcox, his wife, throughout the day on domestic violence issues, Bailes said.  Karen went to the police department in the evening and told officers her husband was home.  She wanted them to serve him with a DVP order she filed at the Kanawha County Courthouse earlier in the day, he said.

Officers had reason to believe Wilcox might be violent towards police, Bailes said.  They were also aware there was a gun in the home, he said.

When officers tried to serve the DVP order, Wilcox locked the door and went back into the house, in which family members gave police a key to get inside.  

Family members warned police Wilcox might be armed with a gun, they said.  When police went inside, they chased Wilcox down.  During the scuffle, Wilcox shot himself in the chest, police said.  He later died at the hospital.

No one else was injured.

Bailes said the officers have not been put on administrative leave.  Based on the evidence and the fact that Wilcox shot himself, Bailes did not see a reason to place them on administrative leave, he said.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department is conducting an independent investigation into the shooting.

The Dunbar Police Department is conducting an internal investigation.

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UPDATE:

A man has died after he was shot during an altercation with police in Dunbar, WV.

Rick Wilcox died overnight, according to Thomas Memorial Hospital spokesperson Paige Johnson.

The Dunbar Police Department tried to serve a protective order to Wilcox at his home on West Virginia Avenue Wednesday night.

Police said Wilcox grabbed a gun when they showed up.  Wilcox got into a fight with officers and his gun went off, shooting him in the chest, according to investigators.

More information will be released later this morning, investigators said.

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UPDATE:

According to Cpl. Brian Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, officers with the Dunbar Police Department were called to a house at 1421 West Virginia Avenue to serve a protective order on a male.

When police arrived on the scene, the male went back into a room of the house and got a gun.

Humphreys says a struggle ensued, and somehow during the struggle, the male was shot in the torso with his gun, and was taken to a hospital.

His injuries are not yet known.

We will keep you updated.

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ORIGINAL:

Police are on the scene of a shooting in Dunbar, WV.

According to dispatchers, it happened in the area of 1421 West Virginia Avenue at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Several units are on the scene.

Details are sketchy at this time, but according to dispatchers, at least one person, a male, was reportedly shot and was taken to the hospital.  The extent of his injuries are not yet known.

We have a crew on the scene.