UPDATE: More information released on officer-involved shooting on Williams Road

Published: Feb. 25, 2018 at 7:50 PM EST
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UPDATE 3/2/18

More information has been released after one man died in a standoff with the Monongalia County sheriff's deputies last Saturday.

According to a press release from the Monongalia County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to Williams Road after someone reported that a man with a gun was walking around their property. West Virginia Natural Resource Police officers also responded, and arrived at the scene first.

Officials say 62-year-old Randall Beymar made "threatening gestures" to the officers with what was perceived to be a weapon. The officers then ordered Beymar to stop and he refused, saying he wanted a confrontation.

The Sheriff's Office says five deputies arrived at the scene, as Beymar took a "defensive position" behind a tree. The deputies surrounded the tree and the Deputy in Charge attempted to get Beymar to surrender and put the perceived weapon down. The Sheriff's Office says body camera footage confirms what happened at the scene.

Officials say Beymar made threatening remarks and movements towards the deputies and stated that he did not intend to have a peaceful resolution. Beymar eventually lunged at the closest officer, pointing what was perceived to be a gun at the officer and taking a "combat-like stance." The deputies fired shots, which killed Beymar at the scene.

After striking Beymar, it was discovered that what was perceived to be a gun was a black "paint can gun" with a trigger that officials say "closely resembled" a handgun.

Five deputies are on paid administrative leave while the event is under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Monongalia County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at 304-291-7218.

Officials say that Beymar was under a felony investigation by the Sheriff's Office, but that the investigation was not the reason officers responded to the scene.


One man is dead after a standoff with the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department on Saturday.

According to a press release, it happened around 2:40 p.m. near the Williams Road area. Deputies said they responded to a call about a man walking with a handgun on the caller's property.

A confrontation with the suspect ended with the deputies using deadly force and killing the man.

The suspect was identified as Randall Beymer, 62, from Monongalia County.

The Monongalia County Sheriff's Detective Unit is investigating the incident.

West Virginia Department of Natural Resources officers assisted.