Morgan County man killed by police

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

A Morgan County man was shot to death by a police officer after they responded to a domestic violence complaint. When police got to the house in West Liberty they say an armed man approached them and an officer fired.

West Liberty police say around 2:00 Wednesday afternoon they responded to a domestic call at a house across from West Liberty Elementary School.

When they got there, they say they were confronted by an armed man.

"We were greeted with an individual bearing two knives, a knife in each hand," said West Liberty Police Chief Kelse Hensley.

They say Jimmy Hill approached them with the knives and wouldn't back down.

"We were asking him to put the knives down, put the knives down, and he ignores those directions," Chief Hensley said.

Sergeant Scott Adkins then shot Hill. Hill was taken to Morgan County ARH where he died.

Police say this is the first time many of the officers in this department have had to deal with something like this and counseling will likely be offered. They're also asking for prayers for the family of the victim.

"I'd ask the community to pray for the surviving family. Our thoughts are with them," said Chief Hensley.

Police say no one in the elementary school was affected by the incident, and no officers were injured.

Officials say Sergeant Adkins will be put on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.


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