“West Virginia Trooper Injured in Shooting; Suspect Identified as Scott Arthur O’Brien”

By | July 18, 2023



An incident occurred in Coal City, West Virginia, where a West Virginia State Trooper was shot while conducting a traffic stop. The incident took place on Monday morning, July 17, 2023, at the Dollar General in Midway, off exit 42 of I77. The suspect, identified as Scott Arthur O’Brien from Hamilton, Ohio, produced a firearm and shot the Trooper in the elbow.

After firing the shot, the suspect fled the scene in a white Jeep Grand Cherokee with West Virginia registration 68H949. The vehicle has visible damage on the driver’s side, pillar, hood, and fender near the rearview mirror. Law enforcement officials are currently searching for the suspect, who is believed to be in the area on foot.

Authorities are urging motorists in the Coal City area to avoid Coal City Road and Smith Street until further notice. If anyone locates the suspect vehicle or has any information about the suspect’s whereabouts, they are urged to contact the West Virginia State Police Beckley Detachment at 304 256-6700.

This incident highlights the dangers that law enforcement officers face while performing their duties. Traffic stops can quickly turn into life-threatening situations, as seen in this case. It serves as a reminder of the risks that officers take every day to protect and serve their communities.

The injured Trooper’s condition is unknown at this time, but it is hoped that he will make a full recovery. The incident also underscores the importance of public cooperation in assisting law enforcement agencies in apprehending suspects and ensuring public safety.

As the investigation continues, the community is urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities. The safety and well-being of both law enforcement officers and the general public are of utmost importance, and the cooperation of the community is crucial in achieving this goal..