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August 7, 2011

Shooting suspect attacks Fairmont police officer

Fairmont officer suffers laceration to throat, fires at Hobert Livingston Jr.

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont police officer was attacked early Sunday morning near Fairmont General Hospital by a man facing charges stemming from an earlier shooting incident.

According to a statement issued Sunday by the Fairmont Police Department, the officer shot the suspect during the attack that occurred on Village Way, a roadway adjacent to FGH.

Police said Hobert Thomas Livingston Jr., 22, was being treated at FGH in order to be medically cleared so he could be transported to North Central Regional Jail. He had been charged with attempted murder and five counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm from a shooting incident that occurred around 10:15 p.m. Saturday on East Grafton Pike Road.

Less than three minutes after leaving the emergency room around 4:41 a.m. Sunday, Livingston attacked a police officer from behind with some type of edged weapon, police said. The officer suffered a deep laceration to the front of the throat along with defensive wounds to the fingers of both hands.

Police said the officer shot Livingston in the upper body during the attack.

Police Chief Kelley Moran said Sunday that the officer is being treated for his wounds and recovering at FGH.

The officer’s name had not been released to the media as of press time.

Moran said Livingston was stabilized at Fairmont General Hospital before being transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

Moran said no further information about the incident would be released to the media until today.

Both the Fairmont Police Department and West Virginia State Police are investigating.

Email J. Miles Layton at mlayton@timeswv.com.

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