Bluefield, WV - A Bluefield police officer was killed after a crash that occurred during the pursuit of a drunk driver on Tuesday, May 30, according to The Bluefield Telegraph.
Bluefield Police Chief Dennis Dillow said, "Last night shortly after midnight four Bluefield police officers and one state police officer was involved in a vehicle pursuit.
That pursuit took place on Bluefield and Princeton Avenue. It ended up at the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Lee Street. Unfortunately, that scene ended up in an accident at which time we lost a member of our Bluefield Police Department."
The incident occurred about 12:22 AM, and began as pursuit of a possible drunk driver. One arrest has been made. A very short time later, a voice was heard on the radio that "an officer was down."
First Sergeant R.A. Maddy of the West Virginia State Police said that two Bluefield police cruisers and a state police cruiser were involved in the collision.
Three officers were injured and were transported to a local hospital, where they were treated and later released. It's not clear at this time if the fatally injured Bluefield officer died on scene or was transported to the hospital.
The West Virginia State Police is conducting the investigation. No further details are being released at this time.
Traffic was shut down in both directions on Princeton Avenue for hours.
Chief Dillow said "I would like to remind everyone that these men that were out there last night doing what they do every night, they have families, they have friends so please keep that in mind as you meet their families and find out who they are. At this time, due to respect for their families, because some have not been completely notified, I will not be releasing any names."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the fallen Bluefield police officer, both blood and blue. Rest easy, hero. We'll hold the line from here.