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Va. shooting victim expected to recover from injuries

September 11, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A Virginia Beach, Va., man who was shot and wounded by police after a two-hour standoff Sunday afternoon is expected to recover, West Virginia State Police said in a news release Tuesday.

Steven Wayne Taylor, 53, was being treated at an undisclosed medical facility, State Police Capt. Rob Blair said in the release.

Warrants have been issued charging Taylor with assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and burglary, police said.

Taylor was shot at about 5:09 p.m. outside a home at 810 E. Washington St., police had said. His girlfriend reportedly had kicked him out of the house that she rented there, Blair said.

Blair said he could only speculate what brought Taylor to Jefferson County or how long he had been there.

Police said Taylor initially was taken into custody and to Jefferson Memorial Hospital for treatment. Blair did not know how many times Taylor might have been shot.

1st Sgt. E.D. Widmeyer, Cpl. J.S. Chumley and Trooper P.S. Kennedy and Jefferson County Sheriff’s  Deputy Sgt. R.L. Fletcher have been cleared to return to regular duties. They were placed on administrative leave as a result of being involved in the shooting per standard procedure, police said.

Troopers and deputies responded to the Washington Street residence at 2:20 p.m. for a report of a man who was trespassing and had barricaded himself in the residence, police said.

Upon arrival, police were told the man had made verbal threats to kill anyone who attempted to enter the residence and that he was armed with a 9 mm handgun, the release stated.

Police later determined the man had a black metallic object that he represented to be a firearm. Blair said Tuesday that a warrant charging the suspect as a felon in possession of a firearm ultimately was not issued as previously indicated.

After contact was made with the suspect, he threatened to kill the officers on the scene, police said.

Police did not indicate why shots were fired and how the two-hour standoff ended, but Blair said in a statement that the officers who responded tried to persuade the suspect to surrender and address his “issues in a responsible and peaceful manner.”

“The suspect’s only response(s) were that he intended to kill the officers and himself,” Blair said in the news release.

The man’s actions were consistent with a “suicide by cop” attempt, Blair said.

“In this instance, the suspect made every attempt to convince witnesses and police officers that he was armed and intended to kill,” Blair said.

“Based upon all information gathered thus far in this investigation, the officers acted professionally and within established guidelines.”

A final report on the shooting is expected to take several weeks to complete, according to the news release.

The release stated that 1st Sgt. C.E. Platt and Sgt. E.D. Anderson are continuing to investigate the shooting incident.

All evidence is expected to be turned over to investigators for processing and to the State Police crime lab, according to the news release.

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