A man was shot and killed by police officers over the weekend in Charleston, WV, after state police identified him as the shooter involved in the murder of Jody Thomas, 41, at her home on Laurel Fork Road in Clay on Saturday morning.
Samuel Lanham, 25, was spotted in North Charleston after state police began the investigation into Thomas’ death and sent out a BOLO alert for the vehicle he was believed to be driving. After being spotted, Lanham attempted to flee from the police in the vehicle, and fired shots at the officers during the pursuit.
According to Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper, “The pursuit went all through the city,” and at one point, Lanham was, “barreling toward the Doo Wop on Kanawha Boulevard,” where thousands of people were gathered for the event.
“Numerous attempts were made to stop the vehicle,” Chief Cooper continued. “He continually brandished a shotgun at the police any time they would get near him. Ultimately the vehicle ended up crashing at the intersection of Leon Sullivan and Washington Street. He then brandished the shotgun one final time before he was shot and killed by police officers.”
“There were two individuals who were transported to the hospital who were in a vehicle that was struck by Lanham,” according to the Chief. “We are hopeful that their condition will quickly improve and that there are no life-threatening injuries. Based on what was told to us right after the crash, we think that they’re going to be ok.” Thankfully, nobody else was injured, despite the intense chase.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones affected by this horrendous incident. We offer our condolences during this difficult time.