WEST UNION, W.Va. -- A 71-year-old Doddridge County man died while West Virginia State Police troopers were searching his home Thursday, shortly after complaining of breathing problems, a State Police spokesman said.
Troopers from the State Police Special Response Team went to the home of Elton Wine on Thursday to execute a search warrant for John Bowman, who was wanted for manufacturing marijuana with intent to deliver, according Sgt. A.D. Nichols of the State Police.
Nichols said troopers were called in "based on the extensive and violent criminal histories of both Mr. Bowman and Mr. Wine."
Wine refused to cooperate with troopers and tried to interfere with their search for Bowman, Nichols said.
"After gaining Mr. Wine's cooperation, he indicated he was having difficulty breathing, at which time members provided assistance and first aid and subsequently summoned EMS, which was stationed nearby," Nichols said.
However, Nichols said, Wine died. His body was taken to the state Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.Nichols, stationed at State Police headquarters in South Charleston, said the information he had about the incident was provided by troopers in Doddridge County, and he would provide no further details Friday. He said it probably will be next week before more information is released.