Police: Guard shoots man accused of trespassing at mine

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OAK HILL, W.Va. – West Virginia State Police say a security guard at a mine has fatally shot a man in a confrontation over trespassing.

Troopers responded to a call of shots fired Wednesday morning at Frasure Creek mine near Oak Hill and found 31-year-old Johnny Johnston Jr. dead of an apparent gunshot wound. 

Jonston Jr. and Walker are no strangers to officers like Sargent Kenneth Tawes. “I know one of them has been stealing from the mines before,” says Tawes.

Both men have criminal records including breaking and entering. At this point police are still looking into the incident that left Johnston dead at the Frasure Creek Mine on Wednesday. “It’s still a preliminary stage, we’re still doing the interviews, we’re still looking at all of the evidence we’ve collected,” says Tawes.

Consequences for trespassing range from fines to even jail time. 

The security guard who opened fire is being treated for his injuries. His information could be vital in this investigation. “We will forward that report to the Fayette County prosecutor and he will decide if any charges will be filed,” says Tawes.

At this point no charges have been made against Walker who was apparently trespassing. As police wait for more information, they don’t know when this investigation could wrap up. “It’s hard to tell sometimes, autopsy reports, we just don’t know, we have no control over them,” says Tawes.

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