**Tragedy in West Virginia: State Trooper Fatally Shot, Suspect Captured**
In a tragic event, West Virginia State Trooper Sgt. Cory Maynard was fatally shot on Friday in southern West Virginia. Governor Jim Justice shared the devastating news on Facebook, expressing his grief and offering condolences to Maynard’s loved ones and the law enforcement community. As these heroes put their lives on the line daily to keep us safe, we are reminded of the sacrifices they make in the line of duty.
The incident began as officers responded to a shooting complaint in the Beech Creek area of Mingo County. According to police, upon arrival, the officers were met with gunfire. Maynard, severely wounded, was initially taken to a hospital in Logan. The situation intensified as an extensive search for the suspect ensued.
After an exhaustive manhunt, the suspect, Timothy Kennedy, 29, of Beech Creek, was finally apprehended on Friday night. State Police announced his capture in a brief statement, signaling an end to the dangerous situation for local residents and law enforcement officers.
In a show of respect for Sgt. Maynard’s memory and his service, Governor Justice ordered all United States and West Virginia flags to be displayed at half-staff. The loss of an officer like Maynard is a somber reminder of the bravery and risks associated with law enforcement work. The entire nation must come together to support Maynard’s family, loved ones, and fellow officers during this difficult time.
**As we mourn the loss of Sgt. Maynard, we must honor and support the brave men and women who face these risks daily to protect our communities.**