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Apparent murder-suicide after car crashes into Bridgeport home, shots fired

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 3:39 PM EST
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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - New information has been released regarding earlier reports of shots fired shortly after a car crashed into a Bridgeport home around 11:30 Friday morning. A shelter in place order that was originally issued is now lifted, as there is no longer a threat to the surrounding community.

Bridgeport Police Chief John Walker stated that the officers received a call that shots had been fired near the area of Oakview Drive and Horizon Circle, which is in the Heritage Farms subdivision off Route 50 past Reep Graphics and prior to Maple Lake. They arrived to also find that a car had crashed into a home at the location of the call. When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim dead in the car. Now, Walker believes that the car was fleeing and ran into the house.

When officers arrived, it took a while to figure out if the suspect was alive or dead. Eventually, it was determined that he was dead, and Walker says the incident “appears to be a murder-suicide”. It also appears that the suspect and victim were husband and wife (respectively).

The WV Medical Examiner arrived at the scene early this afternoon, along with the U.S. Marshals, Anmoore FD, Bridgeport FD, Bridgeport PD, Harrison County EMS, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Harrison County OEM, and State Police. Walker reports that the Medical Examiner is unsure if the woman died from gunshot wounds or the car crash.

Crime Scene investigations will continue for several hours. After initial investigation is completed and once family is notified of the events, the identities of the suspect and victim will be released.

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