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Fairmont Man Arrested in Meadowbrook Rest Area Shooting

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Bridgeport police have charged Justin Echols with two counts of wanton endangerment in connection with a shooting that occurred in July at a rest area in Bridgeport. Bridgeport police have charged Justin Echols with two counts of wanton endangerment in connection with a shooting that occurred in July at a rest area in Bridgeport.

Bridgeport police have arrested a Fairmont man who they said was involved in a shooting at the Meadowbrook rest area in July.

On July 18, Bridgeport police responded to an incident at the Interstate 79 southbound rest area in Bridgeport. Police encountered Justin Echols, 23, who was on the passenger side of a vehicle in the parking lot. Officers saw that Echols had a pistol in his hand while the passenger side door was open. The officers told Echols to drop the weapon several times, according to a criminal complaint, and he refused to do so. A woman in the car told the police that she heard Nichols say "no" when ordered to drop his weapon. Echols raised the pistol in the direction of the officers and was shot by one of the officers, according to the Bridgeport Police Department.

Echols' pistol was recovered and found to be loaded with a bullet in the chamber.

Police charged Echols with two counts of wanton endangerment. Harrison County Magistrate Tammy Marple set Echols' bail at $30,000.

Update: 8/20/13

The Harrison County Prosecutor's Office said it is reviewing a shooting at a rest stop in Bridgeport in July.

It said it's trying to determine the appropriate charges to file against Justin Echols, 23.

A Bridgeport police officer said he shot Echols after Echols ignored an order to drop the firearm he was holding.

Prosecutor Joe Shaffer said no charges against that officer are pending.



Update: 8/7/13

Bridgeport Police said one of its officers shot Justin Echols, 23 of Marion County, in the torso after he failed to drop a weapon.

A medical helicopter flew Echols to Ruby Memorial Hospital, but he has since been released.

Bridgeport Police are still investigating the incident.

The officer who shot Echols is still active, but hasn't been identified.

Original Story

The city of Bridgeport is investigating an incident that resulted in an officer shooting a man who would not drop his weapon in the early morning hours of July 18.

The Bridgeport Police Department was dispatched to a disturbance at the southbound rest area of Interstate 79 just before 3:30 a.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the City of Bridgeport.

Once officers arrived at the scene they found a 23-year-old Marion County man, who was armed with a handgun, and a woman inside the vehicle. Officers were able to secure the area and were able to get the female out of the vehicle unharmed, according to the news release.

After officers ordered the male to drop his weapon several times, the male raised the handgun in a threatening manner toward the police on-scene. According to the news release, an officer then fired one round and hit the man in the upper torso. The man's handgun was then secured by officers.

The man was taken to United Hospital Center and was then flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital. He is currently listed in critical condition, according to the news release.

The city of Bridgeport said the investigation into the incident is ongoing and said that it is working with other agencies to obtain additional information. The city originally said it would turn over the investigation to Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer once it finished its part. Shaffer said July 25 that he has not gotten any information on the case. West Virginia State Police said it also has not been contacted.

The Harrison County Sheriff's Department, West Virginia State Police, the Greater Harrison County Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Clarksburg Police Department and the W.Va. Department of Highways also responded to the scene.

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