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W.Va. State Trooper killed in accident

November 03, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.VA. ? A West Virginia State Police trooper on his way to help in a chase was killed when his cruiser slid off W.Va. 9 and crashed late Friday, according to a press release from state police in Charles Town, W.Va.

On Friday about 11:30 p.m., Trooper Brian W. Linn's cruiser struck a utility pole, rolled over at least once and stopped in a field about a mile west of Wiltshire Road, police said.

Linn was flown to Winchester (Va.) Medical Center. He was pronounced dead Saturday at 12:35 a.m., police said.

Linn was heading toward Sheetz in Kearneysville to help another trooper who was chasing someone on foot, police said.

The lights and siren on Linn's cruiser were on. His car and two other police cruisers were westbound on W.Va. 9, police said.

The release said that police won't give out more information about the crash until the investigation into what happened is complete.

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Linn, whose age was not listed in the press release, probably was in his 20s, said Trooper Brock Chandler, who worked with him.

Chandler said he and Linn worked together monitoring local sex offenders.

Sometimes, sex offenders check in with the police, he said. Other times, police have to go to the offenders.

The task sometimes gets "pretty tedious," so the two troopers kept the mood light with jokes about how different the Eastern Panhandle is from their hometowns, Chandler said.

Linn was from Elkins, W.Va., and Chandler is from Kanawha County.

Linn joined the state police in September 2005, and was stationed in Charles Town since he graduated from the state police academy, according to the release.

He is survived by a wife, Melissa, and two daughters ? Paige, 9, and Madeline, 2, police said.

Chandler, who has been with the state police for about four years, said Saturday afternoon that the mood of the other troopers was "about as good as could be expected."

Police said Linn's body was taken to Fairfax, Va., so an autopsy could be done on Monday.

The last West Virginia State Police trooper killed in the line of duty was Senior Trooper Douglas Wayne Bland on Jan. 19, 1999, when his cruiser crashed into a Pocahontas County creek, trapping him underwater, according to The Associated Press.

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