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Logan County murder suspect killed in officer-involved shooting

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) -- A murder suspect has been shot and killed by police, but not before going on another deadly crime spree.

West Virginia State Police say John Dempsey, 37, was gunned down in an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening near Man.

Troopers say Dempsey attempted to invade the home of an elderly man in Taplin, but that man ran Dempsey off with a gun. They say he then went to a neighbor's home and stole a woman's car.

He then led troopers on a chase before being shot and killed.

Troopers say in that same area, Freddie Williams was murdered at his home. This is believed to be connected to Dempsey's crime spree Thursday night.

Dempsey has been on the run since Tuesday night. Troopers say that is when he tied up and killed Grover Morrison, 88, at his home along Stratton Street in Logan County.

Troopers say Dempsey also stole Morrison's car. It was found abandoned late Tuesday night in a parking lot.

No word yet on a motive or cause of death in either murder.

West Virginia State Police and Logan City Police spent more than 48 hours searching for Dempsey. They are now investigating to see if he had any help with the crimes.


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