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March 18, 2010

Oak Hill officer shot during routine traffic stop

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OAK HILL — An Oak Hill police officer was shot in the chest early Thursday morning in Oak Hill.

Cpl. Chris Young was shot once in the chest after a routine traffic stop around 4:30 a.m. on W.Va. 61 heading out of Oak Hill.

Oak Hill Police Chief Michael W. Whisman said the suspect stopped his vehicle abruptly, got out and began firing at the six-year police officer.

“The suspect exited his vehicle along with officer Young exiting his cruiser and the suspect produced a hand gun and started firing shots at Cpl. Young,” Whisman said. “One of those shots struck the vehicle door and the other struck officer Young in the chest.”

Young was wearing a bullet-proof vest, Whisman added. Young was transported to Plateau Medical Center in Oak Hill where he was treated and released.

Whisman said the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation and a massive search is under way in the area where Young was shot.

“They have reason to believe that the suspect may be in that area of Fayette County,” he said.

A State Police helicopter is being used to scour the area and municipal agencies are assisting in the search, he said. Several roadblocks were in place following the incident.

Whisman said the suspect, a black male, was driving a “large dark-colored vehicle with Ohio tags.”

Anybody with information or who sees anything suspicious is urged to call the local 911 center or the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-4304 or Oak Hill City Police at 304-465-0597.

— cjackson@register-herald.com

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