LEWISBURG, West Virginia (AP) – Two police officers were injured in a New Year’s Day shootout after they pulled over two vehicles, one of which was stolen and had two bodies inside, authorities said.
The two officers stopped an SUV and a truck around 4pm Thursday on a highway outside of the city, Lt Michael Baylous of the West Virginia State Police said in a news release. The SUV had a North Carolina licence plate that showed it had been stolen.
As the officers were conducting the stop, the driver of the truck shot at them with a handgun, wounding both officers, Baylous said. One officer returned fire, wounding the suspect in the leg.
Baylous said the driver of the SUV fled the scene and hid but later turned himself in without incident. The driver of the truck also fled and was eventually taken into custody by the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department, he said.
The suspects’ identities have not yet been verified but they claim to be father and son, Baylous said.