CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Police shot and killed a Logan County man suspected of killing one man in Taplin and another in Logan.
Troopers had two active crime scenes in Logan County late Thursday with officers on the scene of a murder in Taplin and an officer-involved shooting in Man, said Sgt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman.
Troopers shot and killed John Edward Dempsey, the 37-year-old man accused in the murder of Grover Morrison, 88. Morrison's body was discovered late Tuesday night in his Logan home.
Baylous said Dempsey also went into a home in Taplin Thursday and killed a man inside. The second victim's name has not yet been released.
Baylous was first notified of the situation at 7 p.m. Thursday, he said. Information was limited as officers still were working at the scene.
Dempsey also tried to break in to another home but was stopped by the homeowner, who was armed with a gun, Baylous said.
Dempsey fled, carjacking a woman in the area. A source told the Daily Mail that woman was OK and called police.
Troopers later spotted Dempsey driving the stolen vehicle and pursued him, Baylous said. The chase ended after a short distance in the Man area, which is less than five miles away from Taplin.
Dempsey, armed with what Baylous described only as a long gun, ditched the car and ran up a wooded hillside. Troopers followed.
"Troopers responded to an immediate threat," he said. " As a result, he died at the scene.
"None of our people are hurt."
Baylous said uniformed officers and plainclothes troopers were in the Logan area aiding in the search for Dempsey earlier Thursday.
Officers were combing the area for Dempsey, who was considered by Logan police to be armed and dangerous after murdering the elderly Morrison in his Stratton Street home.
Logan city police were investigating the case as a homicide with the assistance of the State Police and were actively searching for Dempsey Thursday.
Police Chief E.K. Harper would not say how Morrison, a retired banker, was killed Wednesday. Morrison's vehicle, a 2012 Buick Lucerne, was missing when his body was discovered. It was found early Wednesday morning in Man.
State Police expected to be at both crime scenes well into the night. All three incidents still are under investigation.
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