Virginia State Police release new photos of man they say shot Bluefield officer

Police are searching for Donquale Gray, 25, of Bluefield, West Virginia

By Rachel Lucas - Anchor / Reporter, Jessica Jewell - Weekend Anchor / Reporter, Katie Potter - Producer

BLUEFIELD, Va. - UPDATE

Virginia State Police has released new photos of the man they say shot a police officer during a traffic stop Saturday.  

Donquale M. Gray, 25, of Bluefield, West Virginia, is now wanted by the Virginia State Police for the attempted capital murder of a police officer. 

Courtesy of Virginia State Police


UPDATE

The U.S. Marshals Service is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the man police say shot and injured a Bluefield officer.

Donquale M. Gray, 25, of Bluefield, West Virginia, is now wanted by the Virginia State Police for the attempted capital murder of a police officer.

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

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

UPDATE 

Virginia State Police have released new details as the search for a man suspected of shooting a Bluefield police officer continues.

Police said the incident began around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, when a Bluefield, Virginia, police officer initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 Toyota Yaris for an equipment violation. The Toyota, which had been traveling east on Route 460, pulled off to the shoulder near Exit 3 in Bluefield, Virginia. Donquale Gray was in the passenger seat.

During the course of the traffic stop, police said Gray began shooting at and wounded the officer as he was standing outside the vehicle on the driver's side.

The officer and a second officer, who had responded to assist with the traffic stop, returned fire. The Toyota's driver got out of the vehicle and surrendered. Gray then got into the driver's seat and drove off. 

The Toyota was found abandoned a few hours later in Bluefield, West Virginia. 

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

The driver of the vehicle was cited for a traffic violation and released. He was not injured in the shooting, nor was the other officer at the scene. 

ORIGINAL STORY 

Virginia State Police sent out an alert early Sunday morning after the shooting of a Bluefield, Virginia, police officer.

The male officer was wounded around midnight but is alive, according to a state police spokeswoman, who said he is receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

State police sent an alert at 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning asking for the public’s help finding the shooter, who they believe is Donquale Gray, 25, of Bluefield, West Virginia. A picture of him can be seen above. Gray is described as 6 feet, 1 inch, tall and weighing 185 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.

Police said they believe he is armed, dangerous and, as of now, on foot after his vehicle was recovered. A spokeswoman said his last known location is on Augusta Street in Bluefield, West Virginia.

Police said they found a blue 2008 Toyota Varis hatchback he was driving in Bluefield, West Virginia.

Anyone who knows where Gray might be is asked to call the Bluefield, Virginia, Police Department at 276-326-2621.

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