West Virginia Trooper Stabbed During Traffic Stop, Suspect Killed

West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper T.C. Hurley was stabbed multiple times during a traffic stop in Lincoln County, and the suspect was fatally shot by another trooper. Hurley underwent surgery and has since been released, recovering at home with his family.

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West Virginia Trooper Stabbed During Traffic Stop, Suspect Killed

West Virginia Trooper Stabbed During Traffic Stop, Suspect Killed

On Wednesday night, West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper T.C. Hurley was stabbed multiple times during a traffic stop in the Ranger area of Lincoln County. The incident occurred when Hurley pulled over a vehicle without lights and the passenger, 46-year-old Harman Davis, fled the scene.

Davis, who had outstanding warrants for sexual assault, sexual abuse, and grand larceny, struggled with Hurley and began stabbing him. Another trooper on the scene shot and killed Davis. Hurley was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, where he underwent surgery. He has since been released and is recovering at home.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the growing trend ofnon-compliance with law enforcement, which poses a significant threat to officer safety and public well-being. As law enforcement agencies review their policies to adapt to this trend, it is essential to address the root causes of non-compliance and promote a culture of respect for authority.

State Police Superintendent Col. Jack Chambers stated that this incident is part of a troubling trend of non-compliance with law enforcement, which has been on the rise since 2023. Chambers cited several recent incidents, including the death of Mingo County Sgt. Cory Maynard, who was shot and killed in the line of duty last summer, and the shootings of Troopers Abe Bean, Cadin Spessert, and Courtney Casey.

During a press conference, Chambers called on the public to comply with law enforcement during interactions, emphasizing, "The people that are in our agency choose to be here and they know the dangers... However, that doesn't make it okay for non-complaint people to cut up, shoot up, beat up my people. Period." He stressed that individuals who feel a directive is unlawful should take it up with the courts, rather than resisting or attacking law enforcement.

In the past week alone, there were two incidents of non-compliance in Lincoln and Greenbrier counties, resulting in the loss of life. On Monday, troopers shot and killed Justin Grant in Greenbrier County after he refused to drop a knife during a suspicious person call. The West Virginia State Police has been reviewing their pursuit policy to make it safer for the public, troopers, and individuals trying to evade law enforcement.

Trooper Hurley, who Chambers described as"hurting pretty good"and potentially losing part of a finger, is now at home with his pregnant wife and 1-year-old daughter. A GoFundMe pagehas been organized to help with his recovery expenses. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers in the line of duty and the importance of compliance during interactions with police.