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HPD Kills Unarmed Man Near Marshall Campus

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Huntington – On Monday, July 3, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Huntington Police responded to the 400 block of 14th Street regarding a 911 call that led to a suspect being shot and a police officer suspended.

Responding officers were advised of a disturbance by the caller. It was reported that a male subject was sitting next to a gas meter and telling the 911 caller that he would shoot him with a gun and blow up a house.

Moments later, an initial officer arrived and encountered the suspect. He was later identified as Ahmad Abdullah, 25, of Detroit, Michigan. Abdullah was reported to be quickly adversarial with the officer

The suspect threatened the officer by stating that he had a gun and that he was going to blow up the house, according to the police report. Abdullah then got up and immediately charged at the officer, whoultimately shot him, the report says.

Despite Abdullah’s threats claiming to have a gun, the continued investigation by Huntington Police  detectives revealed Abdullah did not possess a firearm. 

Detectives also have identified and interviewed multiple witnesses of the incident, the report says.

On Wednesday, July 5, the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy of Abdullah’s body.

Departmental video footage from the officer’s body-worn camera is being reviewed as part of the ongoing investigation.

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The involved officer was not injured and is on administrative leave while the Police Department conducts its internal review, per departmental policy.  

This is an ongoing story that will be updated as events warrant.

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  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.