A Georgia man is dead after a run in with Lewisburg Police and other law enforcement officers on Monday afternoon in Greenbrier County.
State Police Sergeant Michael Baylous says Jimmy L. Hamlin, Jr., 44, from Kathleen was shot and killed near Interstate 64 in Lewisburg after reportedly threatening the officers with a rifle.
It all started with a fight between Hamlin, who had recently been living in Greenbrier County, and his girlfriend on Monday afternoon.
At about 4:15 p.m., “The call came into 911 that he’d been involved in a domestic dispute and that he was intoxicated and armed at the time,” said Sgt. Baylous.
He says Lewisburg Police stopped Hamlin along Route 219, at the intersection of N. Jefferson Street and Coleman Drive, but Hamlin was uncooperative during a standoff that lasted several minutes.
During that time, State Police troopers arrived to assist along with deputies from the Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Department and officers with the Alderson Police Department and the Ronceverte Police Department.
“Mr. Hamlin just refused to obey the verbal commands and exited the vehicle with the rifle and, unfortunately, at one point, he pointed that rifle in a direction which endangered the officers’ safety and the public’s safety as well,” Sgt. Baylous said.
“The officers there had to respond to the threat they were faced with.”
Hamlin was shot multiple times. He was pronounced dead at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a State Police investigation.