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Update: WVSP Trooper Killed In Shooting; Suspect In Custody

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A 2015 photo of Trooper Cory Maynard (left) receiving a lifesaving award.

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

Updated on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 10:20 a.m.

(AP) Officers responded to a complaint of a shooting in the Beech Creek area of Mingo County and were met with gunfire upon arrival, police said in a statement. Maynard initially was taken to a hospital in Logan.

The suspect, Timothy Kennedy, 29, of Beech Creek, was taken into custody Friday night following an extensive search, State Police said later in a brief statement.

No other injuries were reported, and further details on the shooting were not immediately made public.

Senate President Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, issued the following statement.

“This morning, we join with West Virginians across the state as we mourn the tragic death of West Virginia State Trooper Sgt. Cory Maynard,” he said. “As a young officer with our State Police in the Eastern Panhandle, Sgt. Maynard was recognized with a Lifesaving Award for his actions in the line of duty. He continued to exemplify the qualities of compassion, bravery, and service throughout his career. His ultimate sacrifice in his service to his community and to our citizens will not be forgotten. The Senate joins with Governor Justice and our fellow West Virginians across the state in praying for Sgt. Maynard’s family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers. We pray for the safety and protection of all of West Virginia’s first responders, and thank each of you for your service to your communities and the State of West Virginia.”

Updated on Friday, June 2, 2023 at 8:21 p.m.

Sgt. Cory Maynard of the West Virginia State Police was fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire near Matewan, Friday.

The suspect in the shooting is 29-year-old Timothy Kennedy. 

A State Police press release notes that:

“Troopers responded to a shooting complaint in the Beech Creek area of Mingo County. Once on scene the Troopers were met with gunfire. The Trooper was transported to Logan Memorial Hospital.

The shooter is not in custody and several other members of the West Virginia State Police are on scene attempting to locate the suspect identified as 29-year-old Timothy Kennedy of Beech Creek, West Virginia.

Anyone with information on the location of the suspect should notify the West Virginia State Police at 304 746-2158. Timothy Kennedy should be considered armed and dangerous.”

Gov. Jim Justice issued the following statement: 

“Cathy and I share our deepest sympathies and our heartfelt prayers to all of Trooper Maynard’s loved ones and the entire law enforcement community of West Virginia for this tragic loss tonight.

Timothy Kennedy

Credit: WVSP

The brave men and women of law enforcement, and all first responders who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, are an inspiration to us all.

I again ask all West Virginians to join Cathy and I in embracing Trooper Maynard’s family, loved ones, and all of our courageous West Virginians in uniform during this incredibly difficult time.”

Justice issued a proclamation ordering that all United States and West Virginia flags on all state-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff, beginning immediately in honor and remembrance of Maynard. 

The flags are to remain at half-staff through the day of services celebrating his life. Additional details regarding memorial arrangements will be announced as soon as they become available.

Graduation ceremonies at Mingo Central High School were postponed but are back on schedule.