Authorities in West Virginia and Virginia are turning to the public for help in their quest to capture a man who allegedly opened fire at a police officer during a traffic stop in the border town of Bluefield.
On Wednesday officials announced a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of a fugitive named Donquale Maurice “DJ” Gray, a 25-year-old Bluefield resident and Chicago native who allegedly shot a town police officer on Feb. 16 during a traffic stop.
The officer suffered non life-threatening injuries and has since been released from a Roanoake hospital.
His alleged shooter, however, remains at-large.
The town straddles the Virginia-West Virginia border. Gray allegedly shot and wounded an officer during a stop conducted in Virginia.
Authorities have gradually boosted the reward amount, which began at $10,000 after twin $5,000 donations from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The National Police Defense Foundation’s Safe Cops Program later added $10,000 before Wednesday’s $5,000 donation from the town of Bluefield, Va., raised it to $25,000, according to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Gray had previously been released on a $25,000 cash bond on Jan. 8 after being charged in November in Bluefield, West Va., with several gun and firearms-related offenses. On Feb. 16, at 11:45 p.m., Bluefield, Va., police stopped Gray and the car’s driver near a highway exit over an apparent equipment malfunction. Gray was reportedly a passenger in the car, identified as a 2008 Toyota Yaris. Gray then allegedly opened fire, striking one officer. Both officers involved in the stop returned fire but were unable to subdue Gray. The driver surrendered himself at the scene, but police say Gray fled, driving off in the Toyota which was later found abandoned on the West Virginia side of town.
One noteworthy condition dictating Gray’s bond required him to remain in West Virginia, where his November arraignment was held. The traffic stop occurred in Virginia.
According to a press release, the U.S. Marshals Service along with ATF and several local and state police departments have been working around the clock to find Gray, who they’ve determined is an “armed and dangerous” suspect.
Those with critical or urgent information are encouraged to dial 911.