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Fight ends with two dead in Mingo

DELBARTON, W.Va. -- Police said a Mingo County man was shot dead Wednesday night after attacking a man with a hammer and coming back twice to run over him in a stolen pickup truck.

West Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said Phillip Gillman, 49, of North Matewan, got into a fight with Alfred Russell Curry, 75, on property Curry owns along Elk Creek Road near Delbarton. State Police said Gillman, who was staying in a camper on Curry's land, apparently attacked Curry, hitting him in the head with a claw hammer.

According to State Police, the injured Curry stumbled out into the road, where he was found by a passer-by. Gillman, meanwhile, ran off.

State Police said the passer-by called Mingo County Commissioner Dave Baisden, who is Curry's half-brother. Baisden sped to the scene to help Curry, but Gillman came back, attacked Baisden and stole Baisden's county pickup truck, State Police said. Gillman sped away, running over Curry, who was still sitting in the road.

According to State Police, Baisden then got into another car nearby and went after Gillman, but met volunteer firefighters coming to the scene, turned around and went back to again try to help Curry.

State Police said Gillman came back again, running over Curry for a second time before jumping out of the truck and attacking Baisden. The fight ended when a volunteer firefighter pulled out a pistol and shot Gillman twice.

Gillman stumbled off, but was confronted by State Police and a Delbarton police officer who had arrived on the scene, officials said.

State Police said Gillman charged at the officers waving the claw hammer, and was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest fired by the Delbarton officer. Curry died at the scene.

State Police said the firefighter who shot Gillman had a valid concealed weapons permit and will not be charged. Gillman's body was sent to the state Medical Examiner's office for toxicology tests.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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