A man wanted for shooting a police officer during a traffic stop was killed in a shootout with police yesterday afternoon in West Virginia.
According to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, a police source confirmed that 25-year-old Donquale Gray was killed after firing at U.S. Marshals as he attempted to flee arrest.
Police said Gray shot a 29-year-old officer on February 16, 2019, in Bluefield, Virginia. He was the passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped for a traffic violation. The driver of the car surrendered while Gray drove off with the car. The suspect vehicle was found hours later.
A $20,000 reward was offered leading to Gray's arrest.
At approximately 12:19 p.m. on March 6, 2019, officers of the Morgantown Police Department responded to a report of shots fired and an armed fugitive in the area of Falling Run Road and College Avenue.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Service were attempting to locate and apprehend a suspected armed fugitive in the area of College Avenue. The suspected fugitive attempted to flee from the Marshals and was armed with a handgun. 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.
The Morgantown Police Department, West Virginia University Police Department, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department and West Virginia State Police all responded to the area. Due to the danger to the immediate community, Falling Run Road and College Avenue were closed. 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.
After the entry was made and the tactical situation was over, the streets were opened again to traffic and the citizens were returned to their homes. The roadways were opened and the all safe was given at approximately 1:55 pm.
During the tactical portion of this incident both West Virginia University Police and the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Morgantown Police Department by answering those calls that the officers could not respond to while they were on scene with this incident.
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