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Huntington – The Huntington Police Department has provided information regarding a July 3 shooting death.
“First and foremost, we must remember that a family is mourning the loss of a loved one,”
“We cannot help the healing process by suppressing the truth. We can only help by ensuring that the truth is brought to light.” Huntington Police Chief Phil Watkins
In a statement today the department said Corporal Keith McSweeney was the officer involved in the shooting that resulted in the death of Ahmad Abdullah, 25, of Detroit.
McSweeney is a 13-year member of the Huntington Police Department, officials said.
McSweeney has returned to work at the Police Department. He was placed on leave with pay immediately following the shooting, per the Police Department’s critical incident policy.
The purpose of the critical incident policy is to give an officer time to address occupational stress and trauma exposure with the assistance of mental health counseling through the City of Huntington’s employee assistance program.
The officer also is evaluated by a mental health professional and must be certified by the health professional before he or she is permitted to return to duty.
McSweeney was certified to return to duty by a mental health professional.
Officials added that the West Virginia State Police continue to investigate the shooting incident. They will release their findings upon completion of the investigation.
According to the statement, an officer is permitted under state civil service laws to return to duty while he or she is part of a law enforcement investigation.
If a law enforcement investigation concludes that wrongdoing was committed by an officer on duty, the officer could be suspended pending further legal proceedings.