Search continues for Bluefield officer shooting suspect

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Virginia State Police has released new pictures of a suspect that is accused of shooting a police officer. 

25-year-old Donquale M. Gray is wanted for attempted capital murder of a police officer after a shooting that happened on February 16 in Bluefield, Virginia.

According to authorities, the U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for anybody that comes forward with leads that will help them find Gray. 

The Virginia State Police and U.S. Marshals Service working to follow up on tips from the community and any leads about where 25-year-old Donquale M. Gray may be. 

The 29-year-old officer is getting better but is still in the hospital for what a spokesman calls serious, but non-life threatening injuries. 

Authorities are not releasing the officer’s name for his safety. 

Tips can be emailed to the U.S. Marshals at or or by calling 911 or the Virginia State Police at 276-228-3131.

Background information about the shooting incident from VSP:

“The incident began at approximately 11:45 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 16) when a Bluefield, Va. 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 (which is within the town limits of Bluefield, Va.). 

Seated inside the Toyota was an adult male driver and Gray, the front-seat passenger. During the course of the traffic stop, Gray began shooting at and wounded the Bluefield, Va. Police Officer as he was standing outside the vehicle on the driver’s side.

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

The Toyota was found abandoned a few hours later in Bluefield, W.Va. 

The driver of the vehicle was cited for a traffic violation and released. He was not injured in the shooting. Nor was the other Bluefield, Va. Police Officer at the scene.”

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