Altercation leads to a fatal officer-involved shooting in Mercer County

Local - 6/13/2014 12:40 PM by Rebecca Turco

KEGLEY - A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Mercer County, according to State Police.

First Sergeant J. C. Powers said Timothy Hill was fatally shot by Senior Trooper B. D. Gillespie Thursday night after Hill began fighting him.

Powers said the incident began when Gillespie's wife discovered three men in their driveway tampering with their personal vehicle and Gillespie's cruiser. The suspects fled and the trooper began looking for them in his uniform and cruiser.

Gillespie eventually found them walking about a quarter mile from his residence, according to Powers. Hill reportedly became belligerent and non-compliant during questioning, and the other two suspects left when Hill became combative.

Gillespie sprayed Hill with pepper spray and struck him with a baton, according to Powers. The two fell to the ground and Hill got on top of Gillespie when a nearby resident went to help the trooper. All three rolled into a deep culvert, where Hill reportedly attempted to disarm Gillespie before Gillespie got control of his gun and shot Hill twice.

The incident is under investigation. 


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