BREAKING: Officer Involved Shooting


On February 22, 2017, at approximately 3:40pm, two Troopers assigned to the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, responded to a report of a male suspect brandishing a large knife on Meadowfield Lane in Princeton, West Virginia, near the Hardees Restaurant.

Upon arrival, the Troopers encountered Mr. Kyle Copson (26 years of age, from Cross Lanes, West Virginia).  The Troopers gave Mr. Copson numerous verbal commands to drop the knife but he refused to obey the commands.

Mr. Copson was acting erratic and making verbal threats to harm the Troopers.  As the Troopers continued giving verbal commands to Mr. Copson to drop the knife, he lunged toward one of the Troopers in an attempt to stab him.

Both Troopers responded to the immediate threat and fired their department issued weapons.

Mr. Copson died at the scene, as a result of his injuries.


PRINCETON– One person was shot Wednesday afternoon by the West Virgnia State Police in Princeton.

Mercer County 911 tells us that at 3:40 Wednesday afternoon a call came in about a suspicious person in the Hardee’s area of Meadow Hills Lane. Dispatchers were told there was a white man with a Bowie knife walking around the area. Soon after police arrived dispatch heard them yell shots fired. One person was transported from the scene. There has been no confirmation if the man died, but police have said they must notify the family before releasing more details. We have a reporter on the scene so stick with Newswatch online and on air for more information.

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