West Virginia state trooper fatally shot, suspect being sought

Timothy Kennedy is shown in this undated photo sent by West Virginia State Police. State Police identified, Kennedy, 29, of Beech Creek, West Virginia, as a suspect in the fatal shooting Friday, June 2, 2023, of a West Virginia State Police sergeant. Kennedy was being sought. (West Virginia State Police via AP)

BEECH CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — A state police officer was fatally shot Friday in southern West Virginia, and a suspect was being sought, authorities said.

Sgt. Cory Maynard was killed in the shooting, Gov. Jim Justice said in a statement, adding that he was “absolutely heartbroken.” He and first lady Cathy Justice extended their sympathies to Maynard’s family.

“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,” Justice said.

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.

State police identified a suspect as Timothy Kennedy, 29, of Beech Creek. The statement said troopers were on the scene trying to locate Kennedy, who was considered armed and dangerous.

News outlets reported that nearby residents were advised to stay indoors during the search, and a Friday night graduation ceremony at Mingo Central High School was postponed.

Further details on the shooting were not immediately released.