West Virginia man Timothy Kennedy has been charged with fatally shooting State Police Officer Cory Maynard
A suspect in the deadly shooting of a West Virginia state police officer was charged with first-degree murder on Saturday.
Timothy Kennedy, 29, was charged via video in Mingo County Magistrates’ Court. Kennedy, of the Mingo County community of Beech Creek near Matewan, was being held without bail at Southwestern Regional Jail.
Prison records did not indicate whether Kennedy had an attorney who could comment on the charges.
Dozens of police officers had searched for Kennedy for hours. As news agencies reported, he was arrested in a stolen vehicle at a police checkpoint on Friday evening.
Earlier Friday, Sgt. Cory Maynard and two police officers had responded to a complaint about a shooting at a home and were shot at upon arrival, state police said in a statement. Maynard was shot and taken to a hospital in Logan.
Gov. Jim Justice announced Maynard’s death in a statement Friday night, saying he was “completely heartbroken.”
“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 all of us,” Justice said.
According to state police, Maynard received a state police award in 2015 after providing first aid to a man who was involved in a car chase, crashing his vehicle and stabbing himself in the neck.
Benjamin Adam Baldwin, 39, of Matewan, was shot with a rifle in the first shooting on Friday. He was in serious but stable condition at a Charleston hospital Saturday, state police said. The motive for the shooting is unknown and is still under investigation.
Local residents were advised to stay indoors during the search for Kennedy, and a Friday night graduation ceremony at Mingo Central High School was postponed.
The shooting happened in the same county where Sheriff Eugene Crum was shot dead in April 2013 at a Williamson location where he usually parked his car for lunch. One suspect was later found to be unfit to stand trial and was sentenced to life in a state mental health facility.
Mingo and neighboring McDowell County are home to the legendary blood feud between the Hatfield family of West Virginia and the McCoy family of Kentucky.
Mingo County was nicknamed “Bloody Mingo” during the coal mine wars of the early 20th century. Ten people were killed in a gun battle in 1920 known as the “Matewan Massacre” between miners led by a local police chief and a group of private security forces hired to evict the miners for joining the union.