MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A 48-year-old man was fatally shot by a West Virginia sheriff's deputy when a group of deputies were attempting to arrest someone else for an armed robbery, officials said Friday.
David Romanoski was shot after seven uniformed deputies and three plain clothed deputies from the Monongalia County Sherriff's Office raided a house to serve search and arrest warrants Thursday, according to the Morgantown Police Department.
Romanoski wasn't the robbery suspect, Morgantown Police Chief Ed Preston said. Preston said the suspect was not at the house at the time but he could not say whether that person has been arrested.
Three other people were at the house when the deputies arrived and the occupants immediately tried to block them from entering, the police department said.
The deputies encountered Romanoski, who was armed with a shotgun, during their search, officials said. It was later discovered that he was also carrying a handgun, they said.
Romanoski was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
A deputy, whose name the department declined to release, is believed to have fired all of the shots. Officials have also declined to say how many shots were fired.
That deputy is on administrative leave until the investigation is complete, which is standard procedure, said the sheriff's office, which is leading the investigation.