UPDATE (March 7, 2019 @ 9:30 a.m.):
A fugitive from Virginia who was killed in Morgantown on Tuesday was confirmed to be Donquale Gray. That is according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation who spoke with Nexstar affiliates.
Gray was wanted for shooting a Bluefield, Virginia Police Officer during a traffic stop on Sunday, Feb. 17. That incident sparked a manhunt and a $25,000 reward for Gray’s arrest.
UPDATE (2:46 p.m.)
U.S. Marshals shot and killed a fugitive in Morgantown while trying to arrest him, according to Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Alex Neville.
The shooting occurred around 12:15 p.m.; the suspect was wanted in the attempted murder of a police officer, according to Neville.
The fugitive attempted to flee from Marshals and was armed with a handgun, according to Morgantown Police. During a foot pursuit, the suspect fired the handgun and at least one member of the U.S. Marshals Service returned fire, said officers.
The suspect was found dead at the scene, according to Morgantown Police.
Houses near the residence that the suspect was coming from were evacuated for the safety and wellbeing of the occupants, said officers.
“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”, said Chief Ed Preston, Morgantown Police Department.
No law enforcement officers were injured, U.S. Marshals said.
The Morgantown Police Department will investigate the shooting, U.S. Marshals said. The Marshals Service will conduct an internal review after the Morgantown Police Department’s investigation.
Marshals declined to name the fugitive who had been shot.
The shooting occurred in the area of College Avenue and Falling Run Road, according to Morgantown Police.
The area was closed when police initially responded, but later reopened to traffic around 1:55 p.m.
The Involvement of the U.S. Marshal Service in the Northern District of West Virginia came as a collateral lead from the Western District of Virginia.
UPDATE (1:46 p.m.)
WVU Police said the scene of the reported shots fired in downtown Morgantown has been cleared.
Police said the scene is all clear and for citizens to resume normal activities. WVU has adivised students to resume normal activities as well.
The U.S. Marshals Service is handling the investigation.
All Clear, Resume normal activities.— WVU Police (@WVUPD) March 6, 2019
UPDATE (1:19 p.m)
At 1:18 p.m., WVU Police tweeted that College Avenue remains closed, but that since the scene in question is off campus, WVU classes will continue as normal.
UPDATE: We will continue to update you with information as we receive it. Please do not spread misinformation about this situation on social media. University Police and Morgantown Police (@Morgantown_PD) are your only official sources in emergency situations.— WVU Police (@WVUPD) March 6, 2019
At 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, WVU issued a statement regarding the shots fired situation in downtown Morgantown. The statement is below:
“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.”
ORIGINAL STORY(3/06/19 12:50 p.m.)
Morgantown Police have responded to a report of shots fired near College Avenue and Falling Run Road near WVU’s downtown campus.
The Morgantown Police Department and WVU Police Department have responded to the scene.
Police said the roads in the area have been closed and citizens are being asked to stay clear of the area until further notice. Officers said more information will be provided as available.
Report of Shots Fired in the Area of College Ave/ Falling Run Please avoid the area.— WVU Police (@WVUPD) March 6, 2019
ALERT: #Morgantown Police are responding to reports of shots fired in the vicinity of College Avenue and Falling Run Road. Citizens are asked to stay clear of this area until further notice. Information will be updated as available.— City of Morgantown (@Morgantown_WV) March 6, 2019
A WVU Spokesperson has said that they do not have any comment on the situation at this time. They said they are working to gather more information.
WVU Police said that College Avenue is closed until further notice. WVU Police also said they will give their next update once Morgantown Police reopens the area for traffic.