CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Mayor Danny Jones predicted an accused murderer’s scheme to have a top Charleston police detective killed will only strengthen the resolve of the police department and community.

“There’s nothing that will unite law enforcement more than for one of their own to be targeted,” Jones told WSAZ-TV Monday night.

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Charleston Mayor Danny Jones predicted Monday the city would unite following recent shootings and an alleged murder-for-hire plot that targeted a police detective.

Hours earlier, police charged 18-year-old D.J. Carter, of Charleston with soliciting the death of Chief of Detectives Lt. Steve Cooper. Carter allegedly tried to hire two men to kill Cooper for $15.000. Carter is allegedly upset with the way Cooper handled a malicious charge against him.

Police Chief Brent Webster said Cooper is receiving extra police protection, and Jones said other agencies are now looking into the case.

“You’ve got the federal government now involved and the state and I’m sure the county and all of us and this will unify us,” the mayor said.

Carter was also charged over the weekend in last week’s gang-style shooting death of Charleston teenager Tymel McKinney. Jones urged local residents to cut ties with members of an alleged Detroit drug connection.

“It would be a bad thing for anybody to involve themselves in, as we will see,” he said.

With the recent rash of shootings fresh on the minds of city’s West Side residents, two community marches are scheduled in the coming days. The first is set for Wednesday from the West Side to the East End.

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  • DWL

    Is Mayor Jones and the black leaders going to have a kumbaya sing along on the steps of city hall? What will he charge for tickets? After all, Charleston needs the money according to him.

  • The Answer

    Chill Renee, I'm also fed up with what goes on in Char.
    The point I was making the people in charge will use this as an excuse to raise the fee.
    Then use the money for anything they want under the ruse that it's for more police protection, again.
    How much money do they waste on things like "free garbage bags"
    when it could be used to put more cops on the street.
    Just saying..

    • Renee

      Ohh, I see and misunderstood. I did get a bit passionate last night..lol..

  • RedGal

    I know that you don't want to give these thugs too much their 15 minutes of fame, but I really don't think that they are being given as serious concern as they should be. These are very violent gangs out of Detroit looking to make a name for themselves, not to mention the procurement of drugs, guns and money. They have infiltrated our "homegrown thugs" and practically taken over the West Side. I truly don't think most people have a clue the depth of their entrenchment here how dangerous they are. I don't think that the Mayor is looking at this with his eyes open enough, either. Until he focuses on what is actually happening now, instead of melting down (like on Bray Cary's Decision Makers) over concealed carry owners securing their weapons at the local rec center, this won't be addressed with the seriousness that it should be. I think our police force is to be thanked for their hard work and diligence, but until our Mayor wakes up and shows true leadership in this, we aren't safe AT ALL.

    • Just sayin

      You're probably right, the only good thing is that most of the time, it is one criminal shooting another, which I really can't get too upset over, even the innocent bystander who was shot in the arm has been arrested at least twice in the last 3 years.

    • Renee

      Well said!

  • WhgFeeling

    And old danny does not believe we should be allowed to defend ourselves. Glad I rarely venture through that cesspool of a city. SMH

  • Tom

    Nice to read a story that doesn't quote Carper's senseless babble.

  • Renee

    And how do you know who was already apprehended, if every drug dealer arrested just for dealing was placed in the media, it would be a boring bunch of daily news.

  • Renee

    Gee, I do not believe that anyone shot from gang relation was clocked in at work anywhere. The bouncer, ambushed by a few thugs is employed in Chas, who thank God is recovering. Are the police supposed to hang at the bar or oversee drug deals and make sure everyone is safe while doing illegal activity. People on here are so ignorant and self entitled about things these days. Educate yourself, and seriously this has turned into an issue over the Chas fee. Tsk tsk tsk

    • Renee

      All of the offenders are this quickly caught and behind bars, a detective had a hit put on his life and you comment on trash bags and the absurd fee which was implemented several yrs ago, you do not even see how well a job is being done and sounds like a plan to rid the city of the rodents and you gonna complain..only in WV

      • Just sayin

        Have you been drinking?

        • Renee

          Nope,
          Just a lil fed up

          • Renee

            YEAH!!!! Another fed up Renee!

  • The Answer

    Anyone who works in Charleston
    should get ready for another Dollar Danny's user fee hike.
    More money, more money more crime.
    By the way double D still looking for those free garbage bags up Elk River way..

  • Just sayin

    The guy they showed on the news, who was the "innocent bystander" in the one shooting last week, has at least two mug shots, one from 2011 and one in 2013, makes you wonder how "innocent" he is.

    • DWL

      Did he wear his halo for the photograph, or was it out being polished as usual? More than likely, the authorities were just "pickin' on them" 'cause they was black".

  • Silas Lynch

    Charleston: It's a shame it's the seat of State Government.

  • Indenpendent View

    Maybe this incident will convince Danny Jones, the Charleston City Council and residents that their mayor should spend more time and resources toward apprehending the thugs in Charleston neighborhoods and less time fighting against law-abiding citizens right to bear arms and disarming concealed carry permit holders.
    Take the thousands of dollars that you're wasting Mayor, filing a frivilous lawsuit against concealed carry on city property and get the thugs off the streets, out of bars and the mall.

    • RedGal

      Independent View - EXACTLY!

    • Bartholomule

      An armed society is a polite society.

    • Wowbagger

      None of this gives a person an urge to go to Charleston for a weekend get away.

      • Larry

        As did nothing, ever.

      • Silas Lynch

        Anyone living just west of Patrick Street Bridge is better served and safer to go to Barboursville Mall if they must go to a mall.

        I thought all the dollars from Danny's "User Fees" were to give all that come to Charleston to work better police protection....