HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Harrison County Sheriff Robert Matheny credits Crime Stoppers of West Virginia for the organization's role in keeping the public informed and up to speed on Sunday's manhunt in West Milford.
Deputies spent much of the day Sunday searching for four suspects wanted in connection to an armed carjacking in Columbus, Ohio.
One of the suspects was confronted Sunday morning, but when he was taken into custody, police say he opened fire. That's when officers returned fire and shot him. He later died from his injuries.
The three other suspects were taken into custody several hours later, following a tip from a citizen.
It's not clear if the tip came from someone through Crime Stoppers, but Sheriff Matheny said the organization's reach on social media helped.
"It's just one less duty that we have to do," Matheny explained. "If we can push the initial information out to Crime Stoppers, then they share and move [information]. And they work very close with us to keep people updated. It's just another little tool on our tool belt."
Matheny said the Crime Stoppers' post, which shared pictures of the suspects, was shared about 2,000 times on Facebook. The information reached about 35,000 people.
Crime Stoppers of West Virginia is a non-profit organization. People can submit tips to their tip line (304)-255-STOP (7867), and the tip is immediately sent to law enforcement.
Since the partnership launched last Wednesday, Matheny says deputies have received at least one credible tip per day regarding an investigation.
You can hear more about that in the video above.