UPDATE: CPD releases name, more details in today shooting at Renaissance Circle

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

UPDATE, APRIL 11, 6:40 p.m.: Charleston Police Chief Tyke Hunt said officers arrested 21-year-old Cole Alexander Sams of the Kanawha Valley.

Hunt said Sams allegedly stole a dump truck, which he then drove to the West Side of Charleston and committed a robbery on Spring Street.

Cole Alexander Sams

Sams then allegedly drove the dump truck to Renaissance Circle where Hunt said Sams attempted to force entry into one residence while possessing “at least” two firearms. After failing to gain entry into the residence, Sams allegedly broke into another residence at Renaissance Circle.

Upon arrival, Hunt says CPD officers gave Sams “multiple warnings to drop the firearm and surrender.” Cpl Matt Petty attempted “less lethal methods,” including a taser, which did not work, according to Hunt. Petty then fired at Sams striking him in the torso.

Hunt says during the last update he received, he was told Sams was in stable condition and is being treated for a gunshot wound in the torso.

Petty was placed on Critical Incident Leave for a few days, per CPD policy, Hunt says.

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – One person has been taken to the hospital after an officer-related shooting that occurred at the Renaissance Circle this afternoon.

According to Charleston city officials, a Charleston Police officer drew his weapon, but no officers were injured.

No further information is available at this time.

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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