CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle was killed by state police Sunday night when officers attempting to serve an arrest warrant at a home say they were met with gunshots and returned fire, authorities said Monday.
Tobias Ganey, 60, died in Martinsburg around 11 p.m. Sunday, said Maj. James Mitchell, West Virginia State Police chief of staff services. One trooper underwent surgery for serious injuries, but was in stable condition, Mitchell said in a news release. State Police are investigating the incident.
Two officers found Ganey at a home where they attempted to serve him a warrant for battery. He spoke to officers when they arrived but refused to open the door or come outside, the release said.
The troopers forced entry into the home to make their arrest and both “immediately were struck by bullets” and returned fire, killing Ganey. One officer was struck once and the other four times. Both troopers were brought to the hospital for emergency treatment.