*UPDATED* 2 Police Officers shot in West VirginiaPosted by J Craig on January 1, 2015
LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Two police officers were shot following a traffic stop Thursday afternoon on Interstate 64 in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
A man with two dead bodies in the bed of his red pickup truck shot and injured two police officers. The man shot the officers after they pulled over his son in a white Chevrolet SUV with North Carolina plates for a suspected stolen vehicle in Greenbrier County. He pulled over as the officers had his son stopped and shot at the officers.
The shooting happened after 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Both suspects fled the scene after the shooting, according to the press release.
Both officers were taken to the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center emergency room and at least one of the officers was hit in his bulletproof vest injuring his ribs.
The driver of the Chevrolet truck “went over the hillside and was eventually taken into custody by the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department”, the release says.
The driver of the Chevrolet SUV drove behind a guardrail on the interstate and hid for a short amount of time, then eventually walked up to the interstate and turned himself into law enforcement without incident.
The driver of the stolen vehicle was shot in the leg in the Chevrolet truck, West Virginia State Police said.
The Charleston Gazette reports:
When searching the Chevrolet truck, officers found the two dead bodies under a mattress. Police believe the victims were from North Carolina.
Officers contacted police in North Carolina to try to determine the victims’ identities.
Police said they would arrest the two suspects for malicious assault and attempted murder of a police officer.
The names of the suspects and officers were not made available Thursday evening. State Police Spokesman Lt. Michard Baylous cautioned that while the suspects claim to be father and son, their identities are not verified.
Both police officers are in good, stable condition at the hospital.
* This story has been updated.
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