Reward increased to $25,000 for man wanted in connection with shooting of Bluefield officer

By Samantha Smith - Digital Content Producer, Jeff Williamson - Digital Content Manager

Courtesy of Virginia State Police

BLUEFIELD, Va. - UPDATE

The reward for Donquale Gray, the man authorities say shot a Bluefield, Virginia officer has been upped again to $25,000. 

The acting United States Marshal for West Virginia, Richard Sellers, and Bluefield Police Chief M. Shane Gunter made the announcement Wednesday. 

Authorities believe Gray shot the officer during a traffic stop on Feb. 16. 

The reward was previously offered in the combined amount of $5,000 each from both the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, with an independent reward offered by the National Police Defense Foundation's Safe Cops Program of $10,000.

Now, the City of Bluefield, Virginia has offered an extra $5,000.  

The rewards offered by the two law enforcement agencies are offered for information which directly leads to Gray's apprehension. 

The reward offered by the Safe Cop Program requires not only information leading to the arrest of Gray, but also criterion specifically set forth by the private organization which requires a conviction.

Information on Gray's location can be submitted to the following email addresses: USMS84.TIPS@usdoj.gov, questions@VSP.VIRGINIA.GOV.  If the information is urgent, please call 911 or local law enforcement directly.


ORIGINAL STORY

With additional funds, the reward for Donquale Gray is now $20,000.

Police believe Gray shot a Bluefield, Virginia police officer on Feb. 16 during a traffic stop.

The reward, previously offered in the combined amount of $10,000 by both the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, in the amount of $5,000 per agency, has now received additional support by the National Police Defense Foundation’s Safe Cops Program, an independent private organization, who will offer an additional $10,000.

The rewards offered by the two law enforcement agencies are offered for information which directly leads to Gray's apprehension. 

The reward offered by the Safe Cop Program requires not only information leading to the arrest of Gray, but also criterion specifically set forth by the private organization which requires a conviction.

Virginia State Police say Gray is originally from Chicago.

The 25-year-old is known to visit family and friends in Chicago, according to police.

“It is imperative that we get this violent fugitive apprehended and off our streets, before he harms another officer or citizen.  We also wish to express our appreciation to the Safe Cop Program for their willingness to independently support law enforcement by offering this generous reward ” stated Acting U.S. Marshal Richard Sellers. 


ORIGINAL STORY

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a man authorities say shot a Bluefield officer has been upped to $10,000, according to Virginia State Police. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has joined the U.S. Marshals Service by matching the reward amount of $5,000, totaling $10,000, for information leading to an arrest of Donquale Gray. 

Police say that during the course of a traffic stop, Gray, the passenger of the stopped car, began shooting at and wounded an 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 car 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. 

Authorities say the search continues for Gray, with a special interest in the Princeton, West Virginia area. 

Information on Gray's location can be submitted to the following email addresses: USMS84.TIPS@usdoj.gov, questions@VSP.VIRGINIA.GOV.  If the information is urgent, please call 911 or local law enforcement directly

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