Officer involved shooting in Martinsburg leads to fatality

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The Martinsburg Police Department reported an officer involved shooting from Friday, December 8th just before 12:30 pm.

An unidentified man arrived at 253 N. Queen Street in Martinsburg armed with a shotgun.

The man then discharged the firearm through the door and struck a female victim inside.

Martinsburg Police engaged with the armed suspect as he continued to attempt to enter an interior apartment door while firing his weapon.

The parties exchanged gunfire and then the suspect took his own life.

The female victim was transported to Berkeley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The identities of those involved have not been released and preliminary investigations suggest the shooting stemmed from a domestic situation.

Additional details will be released as they become available.

Chief Erin Gibbons stated, “Our officers responded swiftly and courageously to this dangerous situation. Their decisive actions, I have no doubt, prevented further harm and potentially saved lives.”

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Local agencies raise funds for emergency shelter

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The Warren Coalition, Blue Ridge Housing Network and Thermal Shelter announced by email and effort to raise funds for an emergency women and children’s shelter.

The need has been identified in the community as there is currently no shelter in the area.

Women with their children are often forced to sleep in their car or risk losing their children due to a temporary setback.

The group has established a short term goal of raising enough funds to support a mother and her children for up to two weeks at a hotel.

The long term goal is to rent an apartment for a year that is available to families in need.

A booth at the Wine & Craft Festival on May 20th will have more information and donation opportunities.

Handmade Ugandan bracelets will be available for purchase.

Donations over $5 will be entered into drawings for various prizes.

If you would like to help by donating prizes for the drawing contact Warren Coalition Community Outreach Coordinator Celeste Brooks at celeste@warrencoalition.org or 540-660-3367.

Donations to the emergency shelter can be made online at warrencoalition.org or by a check payable to “Warren Coalition” with “Emergency Shelter” written on the memo line.

Any donations can also be mailed to Warren Coalition, PO Box 2058, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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