- Associated Press - Monday, November 7, 2016

HENSLEY, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia State Police say troopers sent to check on a man who had not been seen in days fatally shot him after he threatened them with a hammer.

State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says two troopers from the Welch detachment went to the Hensley home of 32-year-old Joseph Newcomb on Sunday. Baylous says relatives had indicated they had been involved in confrontations with him in the past and feared approaching him.

Troopers announced their arrival at the home and saw Newcomb with a hammer. The statement says he indicated his intentions to kill them.

The troopers repeatedly asked Newcomb to drop the hammer before shooting him. Newcomb was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Baylous said he didn’t know the race of the suspect or the troopers.

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