CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies have finished searching a house in Quick where a man died from deputy gunfire following a domestic disturbance call Saturday.
Additionally, Cpl. B.D. Humphreys said, medical examiners completed an autopsy of Lawrence Edward "Pete" Vaughan on Monday.
Humphreys said Vaughan, 48, fired a handgun at two deputies approaching the front porch of 6154 Quick Road in Quick. The deputies returned fire, killing him. A neighbor had called 911 and said Vaughan was assaulting his mother at that house at about 5 p.m.
Bullet fragments and physical evidence were sent to a West Virginia State Police lab for analysis, Humphreys stated Tuesday in a news release.
The deputies involved were placed on administrative leave, in accordance with agency policy. The Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney's Office is up to date on the investigation, he said.
Humphreys said deputies had misspelled Vaughan's name in earlier news releases.
Vaughan's shooting death is the fourth by West Virginia law enforcement in less than a week. A spokesman for the State Police said he blamed a growing aggression and lack of respect for authority figures.
No one is eager to be involved in what he called "a critical incident," Sgt. Michael Baylous told WSAZ-TV. However, he said, officers must make snap decisions about threats they face based on their training.