MORGANTOWN — An early-afternoon shooting in Morgantown may be connected to an ongoing investigation in Southwest Virginia.
Around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday afternoon Morgantown Police Department officers responded to a report of shots fired and an armed fugitive in the area of Falling Run Road and College Avenue, according to a press release from Police Chief Ed Preston.
Preston said officers with the U.S. Marshals Service were attempting to locate and apprehend a suspected armed fugitive in the College Avenue area.
“The suspected fugitive attempted to flee from the marshals and was armed with a handgun,” Preston said. “During a foot pursuit, the suspect fired the handgun and at least one member of the U.S. Marshals Service returned fire. The suspect was found deceased at the scene.”
Citing a U.S. Marshal, WVNews is reporting on its website that “the suspect was wanted in the attempted murder of a police officer.”
While the scene was considered an “active situation” during the incident, the area is “now safe and has reopened to traffic,” Andrew Stacy, communications manager for the city of Morgantown, told the Daily Telegraph.
Sources tell the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that the victim in the shooting was the subject of a manhunt by federal authorities for a prior shooting.
For more than two weeks, local, state and federal law enforcement officers have been searching for Donquale "DJ" Gray, 25, of Bluefield, who has been charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer.
Gray shot a 29-year-old Bluefield, Va. officer Feb. 16 during a traffic stop on Route 460 near Exit 3 in the town of Bluefield, Va.
While multiple law enforcement officers have indicated the individual in the Morgantown shooting could be Gray, no one has yet been able to confirm the identity.
During the shooting today, the Morgantown Police Department, West Virginia University Police Department, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police responded to the scene.
“Due to the danger to the immediate community, Falling Run Road and College Avenue were closed,” Chief Preston said. “Houses in the vicinity of the suspected residence that the suspect was coming from were evacuated for the safety and wellbeing of the occupants. The Morgantown Police Department Special Response Team conducted a tactical entry at 1133 College Avenue to make sure that there were no injuries, other suspects or armed individuals associated with this case.
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