Suspect in W. Va. shootings found dead

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Police say a West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

State police spokesman Lt. Dennis Johnson says 39-year-old Jody Lee Hunt of Westover was found in the woods Monday evening in the southern part of Monongalia County.

Johnson says Hunt’s body was found in “a power line right of way” around 7 p.m.

Earlier, state police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous says Hunt was wanted in two shootings in the Westover area and the other the same day in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County.

Baylous says two of the victims were found in the Cheat Lake shooting. Court records indicated one of the victims had filed a domestic violence case against Hunt last month.



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Three separate shootings left four people dead in north-central West Virginia on Monday, and state police said they’re seeking one suspect in all the shootings.

State police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said two of the shootings happened in the Westover area and the other was in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County.

Baylous identified the two victims from the Cheat Lake shooting as Sharon Kay Berkshire, 39, of Westover, and David Frum, 28, of Maidsville. Baylous had no details on the Westover shootings, saying other law enforcement agencies were handling them.

Monongalia County 911 director Mike Wolfe said police are seeking Jody Lee Hunt, 39, of Westover. Police also are searching for a 2011 Ford F-150 extended cab truck.

“We ask that everyone stay vigilant and use their discretion about whether they should leave their homes,” Wolfe said.

According to Monongalia County Circuit Court records, Berkshire filed a domestic violence case against Hunt last month. Court records also indicated there were no protective orders currently in place for Berkshire.

Further details weren’t immediately available. A call to Hunt’s home went unanswered.

Local 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.

State documents indicate Hunt owned J&J Towing and Repair LLC of Westover. A call to the business went unanswered Monday afternoon.

Frank Brown lives in a house behind the towing company’s lot. He said normally the lot is busy in the early morning but there was no such activity Monday.

The towing company’s front door was padlocked, although the lights inside and an elaborate security system with TV monitors were turned on.


Associated Press writer John Raby in Charleston contributed to this report.

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