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Police Log

January 7, 2014

Police kill man during I-79 chase - 01/08

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a fatal police shooting on Interstate 79 during a chase.

Media outlets reported that deputies shot the man after he rammed several police vehicles and tried to ram another one.

Sheriff Albert Marano and Harrison County prosecutor Joe Shaffer said the chase began Monday after a woman reported being harassed by the man near the Clarksburg Post Office. The man fled in a truck as he was being questioned by Clarksburg police.

The Clarksburg officers pursued the man onto U.S. Route 50. Sheriff’s deputies joined the chase but Shaffer said it was called off when speeds became too high for public safety.

Shaffer said officers resumed the chase when the man tried to ram a civilian vehicle on I-79.

The man’s name hasn’t been released.

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