Off-duty deputy shoots, wounds man suspected in house fire

AP News
Posted: Nov 18, 2016 6:33 AM

COAL CITY, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities in West Virginia say an off-duty deputy shot and wounded a man suspected of starting a fire in Coal City.

Local news outlets report that the incident began Thursday after authorities responded to a house fire.

Raleigh County Sheriff's Lt. J.C. Canaday says the person suspected of starting the fire was located by an off-duty deputy who had stopped by to help with the fire. Canaday says that after the deputy confronted him, the suspect pulled out a knife.

The deputy drew his weapon and told the suspect to drop the knife. The man didn't comply and moved toward the deputy. At that point, the deputy fired his gun, striking the suspect, who was brought to the hospital.

The deputy has been place on administrative leave pending an investigation.