DUNBAR, W.Va. -- A Dunbar man was killed late Wednesday in his home after a struggle with police, who said he shot himself with his own gun during the incident.
Rick Dean Wilcox, 65, was pronounced dead at Thomas Memorial Hospital, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
Three Dunbar police officers went to Wilcox's home at 1421 West Virginia Ave. around 9 p.m. Wednesday to serve an emergency domestic violence petition against Wilcox.
The petition, signed at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, required Wilcox to leave his home, according to court documents. Police had been in contact with Karen Wilcox, his wife, who filed the petition, said Dunbar Police Chief Jesse Bailes.
"We took three officers, that was the most we had on shift at the time," Bailes said.
Wilcox allegedly met police at the door, then locked the door. Karen Wilcox, who was outside, gave police a key and permission to enter. When the Dunbar officers went in, Rick Wilcox was upstairs. He started to come down the stairs, confronted the police, then started back upstairs, Humphreys said.
Karen Wilcox told police that her husband might have a gun, Humphreys said.
The officers then chased Rick Wilcox upstairs and struggled with him. Wilcox brought out a handgun, and shot himself in the stomach with his own gun during the fight, Humphreys said.