UPDATE: Fugitive shot and killed by U.S. Marshals identified as Donquale Gray
The Morgantown Police Department has confirmed that the fugitive shot and killed by U.S. Marshals during a chase near the WVU downtown campus was Donquale Gray.
Gray was on the run after shooting and injuring a police officer in Bluefield, Virginia.
U.S. Marshals located Gray at a house on College Avenue. Gray ran from the officers through a wooded area behind the house. They say during the foot pursuit, Gray fired a gun. Officials say the officer returned fire, and when the officers found Gray, he was dead.
During the pursuit, houses in the area were evacuated. College Avenue and Falling Run Road were shut down.
An autopsy was performed on Gray by the West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office, and the results are pending.
The U.S. Marshals Service has turned the ongoing investigation over to Morgantown Police.
MPD, as well as WVU Police, the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department, and West Virginia State Police, responded to the scene with the U.S. Marshals Service.
A fugitive wanted for the attempted murder of a police officer was shot and killed Wednesday by U.S. Marshals.
Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Alex P. Neville told 5 News in a release that The Marshals were attempting to arrest the suspect, whose name has not yet been released.
In a release, the Morgantown Police Department said members of the U.S. Marshals Service were attempting to locate and apprehend a suspected armed fugitive in the area of College Avenue around 12:15 p.m. 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 on Thursday. Police say 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 well-being 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.
5 News asked the U.S. Marshals service if the fugitive was Donquale Gray but Chief Deputy Neville said he could not confirm the name of the suspect.
Police offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to Gray's arrest. Police say Gray shot a 29-year-old Bluefield, VA Police Officer February 16th during a traffic stop on Route 460 near Exit 3 in the town of Bluefield, Virginia. The officer survived his wounds and is still recovering.
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Monongalia County Schools Superintendent Dr. Eddie Campbell says two schools were placed on lockdown because of the proximity to the shots fired report.
Campbell says Mountaineer Middle School and Morgantown High School were placed on a working lockdown, which means nobody was allowed in or out of the building. Campbell says MHS' lockdown has been lifted, but Mountaineer Middle will remain under the working lockdown for the remainder of the day.
Police say they've cleared the scene and to resume normal activities. We're still waiting to find out if anyone was hurt or if anybody has been taken into custody.
WVU has released the following statement in regards to Wednesday's shots fired report.
“We are monitoring this developing situation. However it’s important to note that it did not occur on the WVU campus. University Police is assisting Morgantown Police. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sending alerts, posting to social media and keeping our campus community updated as we confirm information.”
According to the Morgantown Police Department, authorities are responding to a report of shots fired in the area of Falling Run Road and College Avenue.
The roads are closed and authorities urge you to avoid the area.
We're not sure of any injuries or suspects at this time. 5 News has a reporter on the way to the scene.