RANSON, W.VA. - A Ranson man who allegedly shot a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department officer during a police standoff on Feb. 19 in the Orchard Hills subdivision died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head during the incident, West Virginia State Police said Thursday.
Hamada Mahmoud, a doctor in the state Medical Examiner's Office, performed an autopsy on Dorsey Cox's body and determined that Cox shot himself, according to a state police press release.
Mahmoud also made the determination by relying on crime scene photographs, according to the release.
Cpl. Ronald Fletcher of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department was shot three times in the upper torso after he responded to 74 Orchard Drive on Feb. 19 for a man trying to break in through a back door using a shovel, police said.
Fletcher encountered the man, identified as Cox, 37, in front of the home behind the Ranson Square shopping center off Mildred Street about 10:13 a.m. Cox went into the house and Fletcher followed him and was shot in the arm, leg and chest, police said.