BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVNS) — West Virginia State Police (WVSP) released more details about the circumstances surrounding a deadly Wednesday shooting at the intersection of Crossroads Mall and Route 19.
At approximately 9:47 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, WVSP says officers responded to a call about an armed subject fleeing from a crash scene off of Dry Hill Road in Raleigh County. The person then stole a blue truck and drove in an unknown direction.
The truck was reported at the Big Lots near Raleigh Mall a short time later, according to police. However, the person refused to stop when officers approached and led them on a high-speed pursuit into Fayette County and back into the Bradley area.
At the intersection of Crossroads Mall and Route 19, the armed individual reportedly exited the vehicle and engaged with officers.
During a short standoff, the subject continually refused to comply and drop his gun, so authorities say they opened fire on him, resulting in his death.
Police confirmed the man’s identity as 36-year-old Matthew Scott Jones of Culpeper, Virginia.
According to WVSP, no further information will be released about this ongoing investigation at this time.