PRINCETON, WV (WVVA) The West Virginia State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting with two deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.
According to First Sgt. J.K. Cooper, the two deputies responded to a home at 11:44 a.m. Monday on Baker Street in Princeton, WV. EMS was already on scene, called to the home for a possible overdose. When EMS first arrived, they found a man, later identified as 35-year-old James Lilly, on the floor surrounded by blood. Lilly then began cutting himself with “a razor knife.” At that point, EMS walked out of the home and called law enforcement.
Sgt. Cooper said the two deputies attempted to talk Lilly into dropping the weapon. Those efforts were unsuccessful. Then one deputy “administered pepper spray to try and disarm” Lilly. But he ran at the deputies instead, while still holding the “razor knife.” One deputy fired two shots, one of which hit Lilly.
Lilly was taken to Princeton Community Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. We do not know the extent of his injuries.
The identity of the two deputies involved is being withheld at this time.