Feds to Review Evidence in West Virginia Police Shooting

A West Virginia State Trooper police car sits outside an entrance to the Upper Big Branch coal mine owned by Massey Energy Company in Montcoal, West Virginia, on April 6, 2010, one day after an explosion killed 25 miners, with 4 still missing. The accident was the worst in the United States in decades.        AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Feds to Review Evidence in West Virginia Police Shooting

Wayne Arnold Jones, 50, was shot 23 times following an alleged scuffle with police.

Published April 22, 2015

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors plan to review evidence from a state investigation of the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by police in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld notified Berkeley County NAACP President Hubert J. Smith of the review in a letter sent last week. Media outlets report Smith read the letter at a Martinsburg City Council meeting Tuesday.

The county NAACP asked Ihlenfeld in March to investigate the death of 50-year-old Wayne Arnold Jones of Stephens City, Virginia. An autopsy found that Jones was shot 23 times on March 13, 2013.

Police have said Jones, who was black, drew a knife after the officers stopped him as he was walking on a street. One officer was stabbed during a scuffle.

A Berkeley County grand jury declined in October 2013 to indict the five officers involved in the shooting.

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(Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Written by Associated Press


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