Camp Creek man steals State Police cruiser and sets it on fire

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A call of shots fired in Mercer County on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 lead to the arrest of a man from Camp Creek, WV.  Troopers went to home at around 5:20 p.m.  Russell Lilly, 35, of Camp Creek had apparently been in an argument with the people who live at the home.  He was arrested on a Wanton Endangerment charge.

While the investigator was talking to witnesses, Lilly got on the police radio and made a call. He stated that he had been cut off by another vehicle and then taken hostage in the Stovall Ridge area.  Dispatchers did not know where the call originated from, and alerted Sr. Trooper Lee, the trooper who had arrested Lilly.  Lee drove to the area where the faked hostage situation had allegedly happened.

Lee got out of the cruiser and while he was looking for the supposed hostage, Lilly drove off in the cruiser.  He took it back to the Camp Creek area to the top of Buckhorn Mountain Road and then set it on fire.  That fire set brush in the area alight and Lilly walked back to the location of the original call, where troopers found him and took him into custody.

As the investigation continues, more charges are expected to be filed against Lilly.  Those are in addition to the Wanton Endangerment charge. Lilly is being held in the Southern Regional Jail.

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