WV ‘bully’ trooper won’t be charged in shooting death of teen neighbor following feud
A West Virginia state trooper, who killed a teen after allegedly harassing the young man for months, will not face charges for the deadly June shooting, according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
A Mercer County grand jury failed to hand down an indictment against trooper B.D. Gillespie of the West Virginia State Police in the death of Timothy Hill, 18, who was shot twice and fatally wounded near Gillespie’s Mercer County home.
Hill was shot following a brief struggle with Gillespie, with the trooper claiming that the teen reached for his weapon.
According to Gillespie, he tracked Hill and two other men down after his wife claimed some men were tampering with his personal vehicle and state-issued cruiser parked in the driveway.
Following questioning, Gillespie let the other two men go, but said that Hill became belligerent leading to a struggle where he used pepper spray and his baton on the young man.
After Hill was reportedly subdued, with the help of a neighborhood man, Gillespie claimed that the teen attempted to grab his weapon, leading Gillespie to shoot him twice.
According to Hill’s mother, Gillespie had a history with her son, saying he had bullied him in the months prior, but never thinking it would lead to the young man’s death.
“I figured he would try to arrest him over something stupid once he turned 18, or try to beat him up,” Michelle Hill said. Her son turned 18 in May.
“That’s kind of what I was expecting,” she added. “I didn’t know he was going to kill my son right in front of my house.”
According to Hill’s aunt, Mary Chambers, Gillespie has a reputation in the neighborhood as a bully; using his position as a trooper to threaten neighbors over personal matters and sitting on his front porch using a radar gun.