MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Martinsburg Police are still trying to find out the identity of a man who struck a female victim with a firearm before taking his own life.

Police say it happened at a residence on North Queen Street in Martinsburg Friday just before 12:30 p.m.

Officers made contact with the armed suspect as he attempted to break in a door inside an apartment while continuing to fire his weapon. A brief exchange in gunfire between officers and the man ensued before the man took his life.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office was on the scene, as well as the West Virginia State Police.

The female victim was transported to Berkeley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say the incident was a result of a domestic dispute.

Chief Erin Gibbons stated:

“Our officers responded swiftly and courageously to this
dangerous situation. Their decisive actions, I have no doubt, prevented further harm and
potentially saved lives. I am profoundly proud of their bravery and commitment to protecting
our community. MPD extends its gratitude to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, the West
Virginia State Police, and the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force for their
invaluable assistance at the scene and in the ongoing investigation of this incident.”

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