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Funeral Thursday for Welch officer killed in ATV wreck

WELCH, W.Va. -- Service will be Thursday for a Welch police officer killed in an ATV accident.

Media outlets report 32-year-old Shaun P. Wellman was pronounced dead Sunday at Charleston Area Medical Center, two days after the accident while he was riding with friends on Belcher Mountain in McDowell County.

State Police Trooper B.D. Gillespie in Welch says Wellman may have swerved to avoid hitting a dog that had run into his path.

Wellman had served several stints with the police department. He had been back for about a year after working as a coal miner and with the McDowell County Sheriff's Department. Wellman's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fanning Funeral Home in Welch.

 


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