UPDATE (12:00 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29): Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt held a press conference at 11:45 a.m. on Monday.
Chief Hunt spent much of the press conference speaking about Charleston PD K-9 officer Axel, who was shot and killed by a suspect as police tried to apprehend him.
After the press conference, he identified the suspect shot and killed by police on Saturday as Samuel Paul Ranson. He said that Ranson was a convicted felon and also had an active warrant for malicious wounding.
Assistant Kanawha County Prosecutor Sam marsh tells 13 News that Ranson provided information to authorities pertaining to the 2003 sniper case that gripped the Kanawha Valley.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Charleston Police said officers shot and killed a man late Saturday night in the 100 block of East Point Drive.
Officers said they responded to a home around 11:10 p.m. to look for a wanted person. When they arrived, police said the suspect ran out of the house toward the woods.
Police said they deployed a police canine to apprehend the suspect. The suspect allegedly pulled out a gun and shot and killed the canine.
Police said officers were at a close range and returned fire, striking the suspect. The man was transported to a local hospital and pronounced dead.