As a medical helicopter was called, Burford tried to save Jones' life. "Can I perform CPR on a chest wound, or will it make it worse?" he asked desperately over the radio. He asked the question again before he was given permission to try the lifesaving procedure.
Requests to interview Napier were denied by State Police officials.
"At this time, we don't think it is in the best interests of Trooper Napier to be interviewed," said Sgt. Michael Baylous, spokesman for the State Police. "First, this is an open investigation, and it is actually being conducted by [the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department]. ... And secondly, any time there is a situation such as this, the potential always exists for there to be a civil suit."
Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford said Wednesday that Napier being interviewed by the Gazette would not harm the department's investigation.
"He didn't play any major role in the activity that night," Plants said.
Plants said police are planning a press conference on Monday to reveal more information about the investigation.
Gazette reporter Rusty Marks
contributed to this report.
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