Monongalia County Sheriff Perry M. Palmer has issued a release regarding an officer-involved shooting Feb. 24 on Williams Road, that left Randall Beymer, 42, dead.

According to the release, deputies responded after receiving reports of a man with a gun, walking on the caller’s property. Officers from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources arrived on scene first, where they made contact with the man — later identified as Beymer — “who made threatening gestures to them with the item in his hand that they perceived to be a weapon.”

Officers ordered the man to stop, but, according to the release, he refused, saying he would not stop and hoped for a confrontation.

The police report states that Beymer “was seen taking a defensive position behind a tree.” Five deputies took strategic position, while the deputy in charge tried to convince Beymer to put down his weapon.

According to Palmer, Beymer refused, making “remarks and movements threatening the deputies.” Beymer indicated he was armed, and told officers he had no intention of coming to a peaceful resolution.

“After a period of time, Beymer left his position of cover and lunged toward the closest officer, extending and pointing the device that was in his hands at the officer, presenting himself in a combat like stance,” Palmer’s statement reads. “The deputies perceived that they were being confronted with a firearm and discharged their weapons striking Beymer, killing him on scene.”

After the situation was under control, the release states, the item Beymer was carrying was identified not as a firearm, but a “paint can gun, with a pistol type grip, black in color with a trigger assembly that closely resembled a handgun.”

Palmer said five deputies are on paid administrative leave, while the shooting is under investigation.

Beymer was under felony investigation by the sheriff’s office for a separate incident, however this was not the reason officers were on scene on the day of the shooting, Palmer said.

Anyone with information about the incident should call the sheriff’s department, at 304-291-7218.