The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 8, 2013

State Police issue statement on Greenbrier County shooting


— The following statement has been issued by West Virginia State Police following the shooting of an individual by police officers following a standoff late Monday afternoon near Lewisburg.

On January 7, 2012 at approximately 415 pm, Greenbrier County 911 dispatched a call for officers to be on the lookout for a vehicle driven by Jimmy L. Hamlin Jr. Hamlin had been involved in a domestic dispute and was further reported to have been drinking and to be armed.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., officers from Lewisburg Police Department made a traffic stop of the vehicle along U.S. 219, just south of the U.S. 219 and I-64 intersection. Upon approaching the vehicle the LPD Officers observed the man to be armed with a rifle and he failed to comply with their directives.

Additional officers from the West Virginia State Police, Greenbrier County Sherriff's Office, Alderson and Ronceverte Police Departments responded to the area.

Jimmy L. Hamlin exited his vehicle with the rifle and an armed standoff ensued. After a matter of minutes, Hamlin made a hostile action with the weapon. Officers responded by firing on Hamlin.

Jimmy L. Hamlin sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

As per standard procedure, officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

Jimmy Lamar Hamlin was 44 years old and from the Kathleen, Ga., area, although he had recently been residing in Greenbrier County.

The investigation is being conducted by the West Virginia State Police and is on going.