FORT ASHBY- An armed Mineral County man was shot and killed Friday, March 27, after a brief pursuit  and 90 minutes of police negotiations by local law enforcement.
At around 11 p.m., the Keyser detachment of the state police responded to a call concerning  a man who was distraught and in possession of a gun.  The man was identified as Harvey Oates, a 42-year-old Mineral County resident.
Oates had outstanding warrants for trespassing and driving revoked/DUI, and according to reports troopers were familiar with him. Troopers observed Oates operating a vehicle on Horseshoe Run Road while en route to the call. As the trooper attempted the traffic stop, Oates fled.
According to Lt. Michael Baylous, state police public information officer, Oates reportedly ran his vehicle off the road after being pursued for a short distance. He exited his vehicle with a gun and made threats to shoot officers and himself. Troopers tried to negotiate with him for about 90 minutes before he grew very agitated.
According to the news release, “At that point, Mr. Oates began moving toward the troopers in defiance of their repeated commands to stop and drop the weapon. As he continued to move closer to the troopers, he aimed his weapon at one of the troopers. The trooper was forced to use his department-issued firearm in response. Mr. Oates died as a result of his wound.”
The officer involved in the shooting has not been identified. Mineral County Medical Examiner Chris Guynn responded to the scene along with the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office and ambulances from Fort Ashby and Fountain.