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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