Murder suspect killed in shootout with police

VERDUNVILLE, W.Va. — A Logan County man suspected in the shooting deaths of his parents later died in a shootout with police.

It all began late Monday morning, when gunshots were reported at a home at Dingess Mountain. When deputies arrived at the home, they found the bodies of Shawn Dempsey Sr. and Karen Sue Dempsey, both 52 years old, dead of gunshot wounds.

An investigation led to deputies identifying the couple’s son, 32-year-old Shawn Dempsey Jr., as a suspect.

The younger Dempsey was later spotted in Wayne County and led police on a chase to Mare Drive, in Mingo County. There, police say Dempsey’s vehicle became inoperable.

They say he then pulled a gun and fired at police. Officers returned fire, killing him.

The murder investigation is being conducted by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. West Virginia State Police is investigating the shootout between Dempsey and officers.