- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A state Capitol police officer has killed a copperhead snake on the Capitol grounds in Charleston.

West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina said Thursday the officer borrowed a shovel from construction workers on the north edge of the complex Wednesday to kill the snake, which was then taken elsewhere and buried.

The copperhead was killed in an area near where an employee had spotted a snake while walking to her car Tuesday. Messina says the officer had been patrolling the area for the snake Wednesday.

He says he wasn’t sure if it’s the same snake, so officers will keep watch for additional sightings.

West Virginia is home to two venomous snakes, the copperhead and the timber rattler.

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