Police kill man in Belmont County

MARTINS FERRY — A man died Wednesday night after members of law enforcement shot him while they were responding to a domestic violence call outside the city limits.

Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said in a statement released just before 11 p.m. Wednesday that at least one officer or deputy shot the man inside a home on Washington Boulevard.

The sheriff said Belmont County 911 Dispatch received a call at about 6:40 p.m. about a man chasing his family members with a knife.

When officers and sheriff’s deputies reached the home, they found a man outside, who said the suspect was his brother and that he and his mother still were in the house. The man also told officers that his mother was locked in a room inside. Law enforcement personnel were able to get the mother out of the house through an alternative exit, the sheriff said.

However, the suspect was still inside the home.

Deputies and police officers then saw what appeared to be a fire burning inside the residence and “immediately breached” the home, Lucas said.

“Upon entry, officers attempted to end the situation with less lethal methods,” Lucas said. “However, the situation escalated to the point where weapons were discharged, fatally wounding the suspect.”