(WVVA) Police in Morgantown, WV have confirmed the fugitive shot dead on Wednesday was Donquale Gray.
The information was released at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Gray, of Bluefield, WV was accused of shooting a 29-year-old Bluefield, Virginia police officer during a traffic stop along U.S. Route 460 on February 16.
U.S Marshals were attempting to serve a fugitive warrant on Gray at a residence on College Avenue in Morgantown. According to Police Chief Eric Preston, Gray attempted to flee “by running down a wooded hill behind the residence.” Chief Preston said during the foot pursuit Gray fired a gun and at least one U.S. Marshal returned fire. Gray died at the scene. No one else was hurt.
Gray’s body was sent to the Medical Examiners Office and an autopsy was performed Thursday. The results of that autopsy are pending.
Gray was wanted for attempted murder of a Bluefield, Virginia police officer. He was a passenger in the vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Yaris, at the time the officer was shot. The wounded officer and a second Bluefield, Virginia officer returned fire. The driver of the Toyota got out of the vehicle and surrendered to police. Gray then jumped behind the wheel and took off. The Toyota was located a few hours later in Bluefield, WV.
The driver was cited for the driving violation and released.
(WVVA) A man wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer has been shot dead.
The identity of the suspect is not being released at this time.
Dozens of law enforcement officers responded to a shots fired call on College Avenue in Morgantown, WV shortly after noon on Wednesday.
Some nearby schools were placed on lockdown and alerts were sent students at WVU warning them to stay away from the area near campus.
According to Chief Deputy Marshal Alex Neville, officers were trying to arrest the suspect at the time.
Read the full statement below:
“The U.S. Marshals, Northern District of West Virginia, was involved in a line-of-duty fatal shooting today, March 6, 2019 at approximately 12:15 pm. The Marshals were attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for the attempted murder of a police officer. No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident. The Morgantown Police Department is the lead investigative agency on this incident. The U.S. Marshals Service will also conduct an internal review after the Morgantown PD completes its investigation. As a matter of policy, the U.S. Marshals Service will not release the names of deputy marshals involved in shooting incidents, until the conclusion of all investigations surrounding the incident.”- Alex P. Neville, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, Northern District of West Virginia: