Trooper killed Friday while responding to shooting complaint – shooter captured

By Matthew Young, RealWV

BEECH CREEK, W.Va. – A shooting incident on Friday in the Beech Creek-area of Mingo County has led to the Death of West Virginia State Trooper, Sgt. Cory Maynard. 

In a statement released by his office Friday evening, Gov. Jim Justice said, “The brave men and women of law enforcement, and all first responders who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe, are an inspiration to us all. I again ask all West Virginians to join Cathy and I in embracing Trooper Maynard’s family, loved ones, and all of our courageous West Virginians in uniform during this incredibly difficult time.”

According to police statements, officers were fired upon while responding to complaints of shooting in Beech Creek. After being struck by gunfire during the incident, Sgt. Maynard was taken to Logan Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. No other injuries were reported as a result of the shooting. 

A manhunt for the shooter ensued – eventually leading to the arrest of 29-year-old Beech Creek-resident Timothy David Kennedy at approximately 10 p.m. Friday night. Kennedy has been charged with one count of Murder in the First Degree, and is currently being held at Southwestern Regional Jail while awaiting arraignment. 

In a statement released Saturday morning, W.Va.’s Lt. Governor and Senate President Craig Blair said that Sgt. Maynard “continued to exemplify the qualities of compassion, bravery, and service throughout his career. His ultimate sacrifice in his service to his community and to our citizens will not be forgotten.”

“The Senate joins with Governor Justice and our fellow West Virginians across the state in praying for Sgt. Maynard’s family, friends, and fellow law enforcement officers,” Blair’s statement continued. “We pray for the safety and protection of all of West Virginia’s first responders, and thank each of you for your service to your communities and the State of West Virginia.”

Having been honored in 2015 by his fellow State Troopers with a “Lifesaving Award” after preventing a man from committing suicide in the Eastern Panhandle-region of the state, Sgt. Maynard established himself as a compassionate, dedicated, and steadfast Law Enforcement Officer. 

Sgt. Maynard was a West Virginia hero, and he will be both mourned and missed by a grateful state. 

RealWV will provide updates regarding any potential arrangements made for Sgt. Maynard as additional information becomes available. 

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