Man arrested in Beckley after shots fired

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – On June 13, 2020 just after 1:00 a.m. Cpl. Capehart was patrolling the East Park area of Beckley following reports of shots fired.

While in the area, Cpl. Capehart heard five shots fired and a vehicle speeding away from the area. The vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Scott Avenue and was being operated without headlights. Cpl. Capehart initiated his lights and siren to stop the vehicle, at which time the driver failed to stop and fled at a high rate of speed running numerous stop signs with reckless disregard.

The vehicle eventually stopped on Nebraska Avenue near Berry Street and the driver, 19 year old, LAWRENCE ESEAN SKIDMORE of Ridgecrest Avenue in Beckley was taken into custody without incident. It was learned that the SKIDMORE had thrown a handgun out of the vehicle during the pursuit and the handgun was recovered by officers.

SKIDMORE was charged with Five Counts of Wanton Endangerment with a Firearm and Fleeing an Officer in a Vehicle with Reckless Disregard. SKIDMORE was taken to Southern Regional Jail where he is being held on a $30,000.00 Bond.

*All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

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