MONTCALM, W.Va. — A man was shot and killed by police Saturday afternoon in Mercer County after trying to pull a gun from his pants, police said.

Dennis Claude Stanley, of Bluefield, actually attempted to grab what police later learned was a replica gun.

Stanley was in the middle of Route 71, Lorton Lick Road, near Montcalm when police arrived on the scene at shortly after 3 p.m. Police had received a call that a man was acting erratically. Police said Stanley refused repeated commands to show his hands.

State police confirmed Saturday night a Mercer County deputy fired the fatal shot. Troopers are investigating.

The shooting marked the third officer-involved shooting in recent weeks. An elderly man was shot and killed by Monongalia County deputies and a Roane County man was killed by troopers.

 

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