West Virginia officer killed during pursuit identified

BLUEFIELD, W. Va. – An officer killed in an accident during a pursuit of a suspected drunk driver had been with the Bluefield police department for nine years, officials said Wednesday.

Bluefield police administrative assistant Kevin Fleming said Lt. Aaron L. Crook was killed early Tuesday.

Fleming says funeral arrangements for Crook, who is also a former U.S. Marine, who is in treatment.

Three other officers were treated for injuries at a hospital and released. State police are investigating the accident and details are not released yet.

The suspect, Morgan, Smith, Walker, 27, of Princeton, was arrested on charges including DUI causing death with reckless disregard, Mercer County prosecutor George Sitler told WVNS-TV .

According to a criminal complaint, officers saw Walker drive far above the posted speed limit, crossing the center line and nearly hit a police car before the chase began.

Walker was held in Southern Regional Jail on $50,000 bond. The jail records do not indicate whether he has a lawyer.

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