Suspect shot and killed near Grand Central Mall

A suspect has been shot and killed by police at Grand Central Mall.

Wood County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Shawn Graham said the individual shot was taken to a local hospital. Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said two Parkersburg Police detectives were at the Grand Central Mall Tuesday afternoon when they witnessed a person being robbed in the food court. The detectives tried to stop the robbery and pursued the suspect into the parking lot of J.C. Penney where the suspect entered a vehicle.

“The detectives tried to stop the individual, and when one of the detectives reached into the car to remove the key from the ignition, he was drug alongside the car,” Martin said. “The other detective engaged with his department-issued weapon and shot the suspect.”

Martin said other suspects involved in the incident fled on foot.

The detective who was dragged by the car was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center for treatment. His condition was not immediately available.

West Virginia State Police later sent out a release saying the suspect died as a result of his gunshot wound. The release says the shooting happened in the Toys R Us parking lot.