Trooper Involved In Shooting, Suspect Dies

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

New details about a state police shooting that left one man dead.

Randy Baldwin died Wednesday morning at a West Virginia hospital after being shot by a state trooper.

State police say the trooper did follow all proper procedures.

State police say not only did Baldwin have a gun, they say he also threatened to kill Trooper Byron Hansford. Police say Hansford couldn't get the gun away and had no choice but to fire his gun.

Police markings are all that's left at the scene at the Route 40 and 580 intersections, but people in Oil Springs are still talking about Randy Baldwin. Just about everyone at the Superette Store knew him, but no one wanted to talk on camera about him. The 46 year old died after surgery after a state police trooper shot him in the chest.

"He approached him and confronted him with a weapon," said Scott Hopkins with the Kentucky State Police.

Kentucky State Police are releasing all of the details surrounding the shooting. They say Trooper Byron Hansford was arresting Baldwin on the side of the road for public intoxication. Officers say Trooper Hansford didn't cuff Baldwin, but he put him in the cruiser and then when he got in the cruiser...

"Baldwin advised the trooper he had a weapon and he made threats to kill the trooper if he did not let him out of the car," Hopkins said.

Police say Trooper Hansford stopped the car, got out of the cruiser, and went to Baldwin's door. They say Baldwin jumped out of the car with a gun, the two got into a fight.

"Trooper Hansford used his last resort and that was to use his weapon," Hopkins said.

Officers say Trooper Hansford had no choice because his life was in danger. Investigators say Trooper Hansford didn't find the gun on Baldwin because it was hidden in his heavy coat. An autopsy will be conducted on Baldwin's body.

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