Upshur County Deputy recovering following shoot-out on I-79


BUCKHANNON — On Thursday, June 16, multiple law enforcement agencies arrived at the scene of an active shooting on I-79 in Weston. The incident occurred at approximately 10:34 a.m. near the Weston exit 99.

According to local sources, Upshur County Department of Homeland Security Assistant Director Derek Long was traveling southbound on I-79 when he came upon, what he believed to be a wreck and quickly realized that what was occurring. An armed suspect had stopped his vehicle in the north-bound lane of I-79, blocking and shooting at traffic. Long immediately notified 911 and officers quickly arrived at the scene.

As crews arrived on scene all northbound and southbound lanes were shut down. The suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Matthew Brevosky of Grindstone, Pennsylvania, had stopped his silver Ford Explorer in the middle of the northbound lanes and had pulled out a scoped rifle and a handgun, whilst firing rounds at the nearby traffic. There was then a standoff with the suspect and authorities that lasted approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

During the exchange in gunfire, Upshur County Sherriff’s Chief Deputy Mike Coffman was injured by the suspect. Chief Deputy Coffman was reportedly shot in the thigh and managed to drive himself to the nearby hospital, where he underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a Facebook post by the Randolph County Sherriff’s Office. “Upshur County Sheriff Virgil Miller contacted me and advised Deputy Coffman is out of surgery and should make a full recovery. Surgery was successful and Mike is in recovery now,” the post stated.

It is noted that the suspect was shot and killed by Harrison County Swat Team during the stand-off after attempts were made to de-escalate the situation. Traffic remained at a standstill until officers were able to safely redirect traffic using medians on I-79. One southbound lane of traffic did open back up at. However, at approximately 4:45 p.m. Thursday evening, both northbound lanes remained closed while investigation of the scene was undertaken by the West Virginia State Police and Lewis County Emergency Management.

“The investigating officers are continuing to follow up on leads with the intent of identifying a clear motive behind the shooting incident. This investigation remains active and ongoing,” said State Police Deputy Chief of Staff Capt. R.A. Maddy, in a press release on Friday afternoon, June 17.

The Upshur County Department of Homeland Security confirmed reports of Chief Deputy Coffman’s injury and that he is expected to make a full recovery.

Any further updates regarding this event will be published at a later date.

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