Dempsey attempted another home invasion later Thursday, but the male homeowner scared Dempsey away with a firearm, Baylous said.
Dempsey then walked up to a woman getting ready to go somewhere in her car and pulled a rifle on her, Baylous said.
Baylous said Dempsey told the woman to "give him the keys and, if she took off running, he wouldn't shoot her."
Police later spotted the stolen vehicle along W.Va. 10 and chased Dempsey into Man, about five miles away from Lyburn.
Dempsey suddenly pulled over, got out of the car and pointed his rifle at the troopers, Baylous said. He was then shot and killed. Police are still looking for a motive in the slayings of Morrison and Williams.
Dempsey was facing up to 10 years in prison when he was to be sentenced on the burglary conviction later this month. He was arrested after breaking into a Verdunville house on May 26.
Logan Sheriff Sonya Porter said police officers were very familiar with Dempsey. She was aware of the warrant for his probation violation. However, the probation office usually notifies all nearby agencies if they think a suspect is dangerous or if the suspect needs immediate arrest, she said.
Morrison was a World War II veteran and worked for decades at the First National Bank of Logan, according to his obituary. Relatives were preparing to bury him Saturday at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Pecks Mill.
A woman who answered the phone at Williams' home Friday evening did not wish to comment and said his friends and family are grieving. WSAZ-TV reported that Williams called their newsroom in response to a story they aired about Dempsey on Wednesday night. Williams said he was afraid of Dempsey and that Dempsey had been violent toward him a few months ago.
Baylous said he assumed the troopers involved were placed on temporary leave, which is standard State Police procedure for officer-involved shootings.
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