CHARLESTON, WV (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing the fatal shooting of a West Virginia teenager by state trooper.
The Charleston Gazette reports that U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins contacted the department on behalf of one of his constituents. Vanita Gupta of the department’s Civil Rights Division responded in a letter that officials are reviewing information about the death of 18-year-old Timothy Hill and will take appropriate action if any federal civil rights violation is discovered.
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Trooper B.D. Gillespie shot Hill after a brief struggle last June near Kegley. Gillespie said he shot Hill when the teenager reached for the trooper’s gun. A Mercer County grand jury declined to indict Gillespie in October.
The West Virginia State Police released a statement saying the organization has not been contacted by any federal agency about the incident involving Hill and Trooper Gillespie. It went on to say that Trooper Gillespie is on regular duty.
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