Police ID Georgia man killed by West Virginia trooper

BECKLEY (AP) — West Virginia State Police say a Georgia man killed by a trooper had vowed he wouldn’t be arrested again.

Sgt. Michael Baylous says 31-year-old Stephen Lawrence Knight of Villa Rica, Ga., had prior arrests in Georgia and Florida on drug and other charges.

Baylous tells media outlets that a witness told investigators Knight had said he would do whatever was possible to avoid another arrest.

Trooper J.R. Coburn fatally shot Knight on Saturday night after the man grabbed a Bluefield police officer’s gun during a struggle and refused to drop the weapon.

The struggle followed a chase that began when Bluefield police arrested Knight during a traffic stop. He was handcuffed inside a police cruiser but moved his hands in front of him, climbed into the driver’s seat and fled.

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