West Virginia Police Officer Dies After Pursuit Crash With State Trooper
Bluefield (WV) Police Lt. Aaron L. Crook was killed in a crash after the pursuit of a drunk driver on Tuesday morning.
The collision involved two Bluefield Police Department units and a West Virginia State Police cruiser, said First Sgt. R.A. Maddy, district commander of the West Virginia State Police Princeton and Welch detachments.
Crook had been with the Bluefield Police Department for nine years and was a former U.S. Marine.
Mercer County Prosecutor George Sitler says 27-year-old Morgan Smith Walker was arrested on charges including DUI causing death with reckless disregard.
Two other city officers and a state trooper were treated at a hospital and released.
State police are still investigating how the accident happened.
The Bluefield Daily Telegram reports that the pursuit, which ended at the intersection of Princeton Avenue and Lee Street, involved four Bluefield police officers and one state police officer.
Just last week, we reported on a similar crash involving two North Carolina Officers and discussed the inherent dangers of driving in high stress situations.
On behalf of Law Officer, our prayers and thoughts go out to the West Virginia Law Enforcement Community.