State Police shoot, kill suspect in Logan slaying

LOGAN, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police have confirmed the shooting of a suspect wanted in connection with a homicide in Logan on Tuesday.West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said he was notified that a suspect was shot and killed during a police chase in the Man area of Logan County at around 7 p.m. Thursday. "None of our people are hurt," he said.Baylous identified the suspect as John Edward Dempsey, 37. State Police had been looking for Dempsey in connection with the homicide of 88-year-old Grover Morrison of Logan on Tuesday. Morrison's car was taken from his home, but later found in the Man area.
Baylous said Dempsey was involved in a shooting death earlier Thursday in the Taplin area, then attempted a home invasion nearby. Baylous said that attempt was unsuccessful because the homeowner had a weapon and scared the suspect off.
Baylous said Dempsey then carjacked a car and led troopers on a chase, but abandoned the car before pulling a gun on troopers near Man. Dempsey was then shot and killed. Baylous said he believed the woman who owned the car Dempsey stole was unharmed.Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.
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