CHARLESTON (AP) — A State Police trooper who fatally shot a man in Mercer County last weekend is under investigation for a separate fatal shooting in January.
Media outlets say Trooper J.R. Coburn is a former Mercer County sheriff’s deputy from Princeton. Authorities haven’t identified the man killed Saturday night.
The man was handcuffed inside a Bluefield police car but somehow moved his hands in front of him, climbed into the driver’s seat and fled.
The shooting occurred during a subsequent foot chase. State Police say the suspect refused to put down a weapon, and Coburn fired.
Coburn is also under investigation for shooting 34-year-old Jackie Spalding Jr., who had a rifle in a Bluewell cemetery on Jan. 29.
Prosecutor Scott Ash says he hasn’t received a State Police report in that case.