West Virginia deputy sheriff fatally shot, 1 suspect killed
BIRCH RIVER, West Virginia — A West Virginia sheriff’s deputy was killed, another was injured and a surviving suspect was charged with murder after a shooting at a residence.
Nicholas County Deputy Sheriff Tom Baker was killed Friday night while responding to a domestic disturbance in the Birch River area around 5 p.m., Sheriff William Nunley said Saturday. Baker was hit in the back by a bullet.
The area is about an hour east of the state capital, Charleston.
Police arrived at a camper van and made contact with two men who came to speak with deputies, ‘but at some point the suspects became agitated’ and ran inside, Nunley said in a Press release.
Deputies chased them and discharged a taser. Both men began shooting at police and officers backed out of the RV, Nunley said.
Baker was shot and another deputy, Corporal J. Ellison, was shot in the leg. Ellison was treated and released from hospital.
One of the two suspects, Ritchie Holcomb, 36, was shot and killed. The other man, Brent Tyler Kelly, 28, was taken into custody after a short confrontation, Nunley said.
Kelly has been charged with first degree murder, according to WCHS-TV.
West Virginia State Police are investigating the incident.
Governor Jim Justice announced the deputy’s death on Friday evening. Justice said in a social media post that “first responders are heroes. They run towards the fire to protect us, and we must never forget their service.