Reward for suspect in officer shooting rises to $25,000, officer released from hospital

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2/28/19 9 a.m. UPDATE:  Officials with the Virginia State Police have confirmed that a Bluefield, Virginia police officer who was shot during a traffic stop along Route 460 was released from the hospital.  The name of the officer is not being released.

The shooting sparked a manhunt for the suspected shooter, Donquale Gray, who is still missing. The reward for Gray is now $25,000.  Gray is considered armed and dangerous.


2/27/19 4 p.m. UPDATE:  The reward for a man who is wanted in the shooting of a Bluefield, Virginia Police Officer has risen again.  The U.S. Marshals Service announced the payout for information on Donquale Gray is now $25,000.

The City of Bluefield, Virginia added $5,000 to the reward amount.  This goes on top of $5,000 offered by both the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for a total of $10,000 and an independent reward of $10,000 offered by the National Police Defense Foundation’s Safe Cops Program.

The $15,000 offered by the city and the law enforcement agencies will be paid out for information which leads to Gray’s arrest.  The $10,000 offered by the Safe Cops Program also requires Gray to be convicted.

“As the fugitive investigation continues, we urge the public to provide us with infromation concerning Mr. Gray, as it is only a matte of time until he will likely harm another officer or citizen,” said Acting U.S. Marshal Richard Sellers.  “Further, not only can the public utilize the previously noted email addresses, but alo utilize the new U.S. Marshals Service TIPS app, which can be downloaded onto smartphones from their user stores.  This is a direct channel to investigators and will allow confidentiality.  We continue to urge Mr. Gray to surrender, and assue those aiding him, that they will face justice as well.

Any person, whether they are seeking the reward or wish to remain anonymous, may contact law enforcement with any information on fugitive Gray by emailing: USMS84.TIPS@USDOJ.GOV and questions@VSP.Virginia.Gov, or by calling their local 911 center if the information is urgent in nature and a safety issue.  


2/25/19 8:30 p.m. UPDATE:  Investigators are expanding their search for the man wanted in connection to the shooting of a Bluefield, Va, police officer. 

According to Virginia State Police, law enforcement is following up on information that Donquale Gray is hiding out in the Lynchburg and Roanoke areas of Virginia. 

Gray is wanted in Virginia for attempted capital murder of a police officer. Investigators are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. 


2/22/19 6:30 p.m. UPDATE:  

The U.S. Marshals Service double the reward again for the suspect wanted for reportedly shooting a Bluefield, Va, police officer.

The National Police Defense Foundation’s Safe Cops Program is providing additional support in the search for Donquale Gray. The program is offering another $10,000 to the reward, making the total $20,000.

Any person, whether they are seeking the reward or wish to remain anonymous, may contact law enforcement with any information on fugitive Gray by emailing: USMS84.TIPS@USDOJ.GOV and questions@VSP.Virginia.Gov, or by calling their local 911 center if the information is urgent in nature and a safety issue


2/19/19 7:30 p.m. UPDATE:   The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined the U.S. Marshals Service to increase the reward amount to $10,000 for any information which leads to the arrest of Donquale M. Gray. 

The ATF is matching the U.S. Marshals contribution of $5,000.  Investigators are continuing to search for Gray, concentrating in the Princeton, WV area.

“We are requesting the public’s assistance to help law enforcement locate this dangerous suspect,” said U.S. Marshal Michael Baylous.  “A person who would intentionally inflict harm upon a police officer, who stands as a symbol of justice within our free society, would not hesitate to harm anyone.  Any tips which could aid law enforcement in apprehending this suspect would be greatly appreciated.”

Tips can be left by emailing usms84.tips@usdoj.gov or questions@vsp.virginia.gov.  Information can also be left with Crime Stoppers of West Virginia on the organizations website or by using the P3 Tips App on Apple and Android devices.


2/19/19 6:30a.m. UPDATE: New photos have been released by Virginia State Police of Donquale Maurice Gray, the man police said is responsible for shooting a Bluefield Virginia Police Officer.

Troopers said the 29-year-old officer who was shot Saturday night during the traffic stop continues to make progress with his recovery and is still being treated for serious, but non-life threatening, injuries. For his safety, the officer’s name is not being released at this time.


2/17/19 4:30 p.m. UPDATE:  The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of Donquale Maurice Gray.

Anyone with information about Gray or his whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Virginia State Police at 276-228-3131 or by email to questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

Stay with 59 News as this story develops. 


2/17/19 2:30 p.m. UPDATE:  According to Virginia State Police’s Facebook page, the incident began at approximately 11:45 p.m. Saturday when a Bluefield Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 Toyota Yaris for an equipment violation. The vehicle pulled off to the shoulder near Exit 3 while traveling east on U.S. 460.

Inside the Toyota was an adult male driver and Gray, who the front-seat passenger. During the course of the traffic stop, Gray shot at the officer, who was standing by the driver’s side of the vehicle, injuring him.

The injured policeman and a second officer, who responded to assist with the traffic stop, returned fire. The driver exited the vehicle and surrendered, but Gray got into the driver’s seat and drove off. The vehicle was found abandoned a few hours later in Bluefield, West Virginia.

The wounded police officer is currently treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, who was not injured in the shooting, was cited for a traffic violation and released.

The Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation Wytheville Field Office is investigating as the search continues for Gray. Virginia’s Blue Alert remains active for Gray, who is considered armed and dangerous.

Gray was arrested on drug and firearm charges in Bluefield, West Virginia back in November.

Anyone with information about Gray or his whereabouts is urged to call 911 or the Virginia State Police at 276-228-3131 or by email to questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

Stay with 59 News as this story develops. 


ORIGINAL STORY:  Bluefield Virginia Police need your help finding Donquale Maurice Gray, who is wanted for shooting a police officer. 

According to Chief Shane Gunter, a Bluefield Virginia Police Officer was shot during a traffic stop along Route 460 at around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019. The officer is in guarded condition at a regional trauma center. 

Gunter said Gray drove away from the scene in a vehicle following the shooting. All surrounding law enforcement and federal agencies are looking for Gray. 

Gray is to be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Gray is to notify law enforcement immediately.

Stay with 59 News as this story develops. 

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