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Officer's Name Released in Fatal Shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 12/25/2012 1:15PM

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the police officer that fatally shot an Alabama tractor-trailer driver acted heroically to save the life of a local security guard.

A preliminary investigation shows Stephen Fitz fired four gunshots in killing 32-year-old Joshua Emerson of Hamilton, Ala.

Holbrook said Emerson allegedly attempted to attack the security guard with a knife shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Fitz was on routine patrol when he went to investigate a collision between a tractor trailer and a small car.

Holbrook told The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/TqFYOZ) that Fitz then spotted Emerson acting aggressive and confrontational toward the guard and attempted to intervene.

Fitz is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. He was sworn into the force in May 2007 and has 18 years of military service.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Authorities have released the name of the Huntington police office that fatally shot a tractor-trailer driver from Alabama.

Police say the officer shot and killed 32-year-old Joshua Emerson of Hamilton, Ala., after Emerson allegedly attempted to attack him with a knife.

Media outlets report that the officer has been identified as Steve Fitz.

Officials said the deadly confrontation occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday after the officer on routine patrol went to investigate a collision between a tractor trailer and a small car.

Police Chief Skip Holbrook said Emerson brandished the knife toward a security guard then turned it on the officer when he attempted to intervene.

Fitz responded by firing several rounds from his service revolver, killing Emerson. He is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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