A man suspected in the shooting deaths of four people in West Virginia was found dead, police said Monday night.
A manhunt had been underway in north-central West Virginia after four people were fatally shot in three attacks Monday morning.
State police spokesman Lt. Dennis Johnson says 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt of Westover was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot Monday evening in a wooded area in the southern part of Monongalia County.
State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said the attacks took place in Monongalia County, in the Cheat Lake and Westover areas.
Baylous said Sharon Kay Berkshire, 39, of Westover, and Michael David Frum, 28, of Maidsville, were among those found dead early Monday.
According to Monongalia County Circuit Court records, Berkshire filed a domestic violence case against Hunt last month, Associated Press reported.
State documents indicate Hunt is owner of J&J Towing and Repair LLC of Westover. A call to the business went unanswered Monday afternoon.
Arlene Barnett of Westover said she was drinking coffee at her home when she heard four gunshots shortly after 10 a.m. at a nearby trailer where one of the victims lived.
“I didn’t pay any attention to it because I thought, oh heck, it’s deer season,” Barnett said. “I thought they were deer hunting. I just went about my business and didn’t connect anything. Then I heard the sirens.”
Area schools were placed on lockdown, but West Virginia University in nearby Morgantown said there was no immediate threat to the campus. Classes resumed Monday following the Thanksgiving break.
“The incident is not associated with WVU nor did it occur on or near campus,” the university said in a news release.
SOURCE: USA Today – John Bacon