UPDATE: Williamson active shooter handed gun to father before surrendering to police

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UPDATE (2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12): According to a criminal complaint, police received a 911 call to the West End areas in reference to shots fired early Wednesday morning. As officers arrived in the area, there were four to five more shots.

Officers were staged at the West End Car Wash to await backup, and they heard two additional shots.

Mingo County 911 advised officers that the suspect was Andrew Hicks, and the defendant allegedly stated that he was going to deadly harm to the officers and that he was attempting “suicide by cops.”

After the officers, who were hidden behind cars and a bus, announced their presence, Hicks fired an additional shot in the direction of all four officers. They gave the suspect commands to make himself known and come out to the street with his hands up. He refused to comply with the officers.

After officers told the defendant several times to drop his weapon, he ended up handing the pistol to his father before putting his hands in the air. Officers were then able to take him into custody. During transport, the suspect reportedly banged his head against the cruiser window and busted his mouth open. During processing, an officer attempted to change the Hicks’ handcuffs, and he kicked another officer in the right leg.

Hicks has been charged with 10 counts of shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling, 14 counts of wanton endangerment, brandishing a deadly weapon, 4 counts of attempted murder (of officers), obstructing an officer, and battery of an officer.


WILLIAMSON, WV (WOWK)—A man was arrested in Williamson, West Virginia after an “active shooter” incident.

The Williamson Police Department says that Andrew Hicks allegedly took 16 shots in a residential area and at responding officers. He has been charged with 10 counts of shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling, 14 counts of wanton endangerment, brandishing a deadly weapon, 4 counts of attempted murder (of officers), obstructing an officer, and battery of an officer.

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