Knife-wielding man fatally shot following multiple confrontations
By Jennifer Cruz
Authorities investigate after a man was fatally shot in Sissonville, West Virginia, Tuesday afternoon. (Photo: Giuseppe Sabella/Charleston Gazette-Mail)
A 53-year-old man was fatally shot outside of an auto parts business in Sissonville, West Virginia, Tuesday afternoon, and witnesses say in the minutes leading up to the shooting, the deceased man was acting erratically while wielding several knives.
Sgt. Brian Humphreys, spokesman for the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed that no one is in custody at this time, and the initial investigation indicates the shooting was an act of self-defense, local media reported.
The deceased man was identified as Tracy Stalnaker, but the man who fired the fatal shot has not been publicly identified.
According to reports, about 15 minutes before the deadly altercation, Stalnaker was involved in another incident at a local bar. Debbie Carpenter, manager of Raw Bar II, told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that Stalnaker tried to enter the bar with a tall can of Budweiser, but she told him he needed to get rid of it.
Stalnaker left, but Carpenter said when he returned, she noticed he had a large knife in his waistband. A short time later, she realized there was not just one, but several knives in his waistband. Soon