- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MOOREFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia sheriff’s office says a Virginia man was ramming a police vehicle when he was fatally shot.

Hardy County sheriff’s spokesman David Maher on Tuesday released details of the April 18 shooting.

Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson had identified the man as Casey Desper of McGaheysville, Virginia, who was wanted on a probation violation.

In a statement, Maher said Harrisonburg, Virginia, police advised that Desper threatened to “go out in a hail of gunfire.”

Maher says West Virginia authorities tracked Desper to a Brandywine garage, where he drove his vehicle through the closed door, nearly striking several officers, before taking off. Desper, who is white, later rammed a police vehicle with two officers inside. Maher says a Hardy County sheriff’s deputy then fatally shot Desper.

The officer wasn’t identified.



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