UPDATE: APRIL 18, 2022, 3:25 PM: PRINCETON, WV (WVNS)– 59News is learning more information about the officer-involved shooting in Princeton over Easter weekend.

According to Princeton Police Department Chief Tim Gray, officers responded to the area of North Fifth Street about a white male causing a disturbance with an ATV.

When officers arrived on scene and made contact with the complainant who showed officers damages to the property and where the ATV could be located. Officers then made contact with the suspect. According to the press release, the suspect became “highly agitated” and “aggressive”.

Officers tried to place the suspect in custody and he charged at officers with an aluminum baseball bat. One of the officers who was attacked and nearly hit with the bat discharged his departmental firearm, striking the suspect.

An officer attempted life-saving measures until the Princeton Rescue Squad transported the suspect to Princeton Community Hospital. Later, he was announced dead at Princeton Community Hospital from his injuries.

The West Virginia State Police was requested to investigate the shooting. Two Princeton police officers involved were placed on administrative leave per department policy.


PRINCETON, WV (WVNS) – A suspect involved in an incident with Princeton Police Department was killed in a shootout with officers Saturday evening, April 16, 2022.

According to First Sergeant McKenzie with WV State Police Princeton Detachment, a complaint was received from Princeton Police Department around 9 p.m. Saturday evening. The complaint reported the suspect was using an ATV improperly on property that wasn’t theirs on 5th Street in Princeton.

When Police arrived on the scene, there was a fight between officers and the suspect. During the incident, the suspect was shot by officers. The suspect died from his injuries.

The condition of the officers involved in the shooting has not been released. There is currently an ongoing investigation surrounding the incident.

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