W.Va. Police ID Man Shot At I-79 Rest Stop In July

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) - A man shot by Bridgeport police after an apparent domestic dispute at an Interstate 79 rest stop last month has been identified.

Police Chief John Walker says the man that one of his officers shot was 23-year-old Marion County resident Justin Echols.

The Exponent Telegram says police were called to the rest area in the early-morning hours of July 18, and Echols showed a handgun when confronted by police.

Walker says Echols ignored commands to drop the gun and instead raised it. An officer fired one shot, seriously wounding Echols. Officers later found the gun had a full clip and a round in the chamber.

Walker said Wednesday that Echols recovered from his injuries and has been released from a hospital.

He has not been charged with any crime.

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