Man who shot at police officer on interstate sought
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro police are looking for a man who fired at a police officer during an early-morning traffic stop.
Nitro Police Chief Brian Oxley said the city's K-9 officer was traveling east on Interstate 64 at about 2 a.m. when he spotted a Ford Mustang without any license plates between the Nitro and Cross Lanes exits.
Oxley said the officer stopped the Mustang and got out of his car to investigate, but the driver of the other vehicle stuck his arm out the window and fired two shots from a handgun.
One of the shots hit the police cruiser on the driver's side mirror, but the other shot missed. The officer returned fire and the Mustang sped off. By the time the officer got back in the cruiser to take up chase, the Mustang was gone, Oxley said.
He said Interstate 64 was closed for about 45 minutes as police looked for clues. "We shut it down to work it like a crime scene," he said.
Police are looking for a white male driving a dark-colored 1980s vintage Ford Mustang, possibly painted with black primer.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Nitro Police Department at 304-755-0777.
Reach Rusty Marks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1215.