Taylor County Sheriff confirmed to be involved in fatal shooting on Friday, on Pearl St.

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Two police-related shooting in two days, Thursday’s suspect named

GRAFTON—One day after crews responded to a police-related shooting, they were called to the scene of another on Pearl Street, in Grafton.

According to Harrison/Taylor County 911’s media log, officers were alerted to a mandown call at approximately 12:20 p.m., on Friday.

Prosecuting Attorney John Bord confirmed that one male suspect, Danny McMasters, 38, of Grafton, was shot and fatally wounded by Sheriff Terry Austin. Bord said Austin reported he was acting in self-defense.

Officers were attempting to serve a bench warrant for McMasters, who did not appear in court, after failing to register as a sex offender, on the nation sex offender registry.

“Sheriff Austin was confronted by McMasters, who was [allegedly] armed with a pistol,” stated Bord.

McMasters was treated on scene, before being taken by ambulance to Grafton City Hospital, where he was to be transported to United Hospital Center by HealthNet. McMasters was pronounced dead at the hospital before takeoff.

The West Virginia State Police are still investigating the incident.

Officials from the Grafton City Police department, Taylor County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, Grafton Fire Department, and Taylor County Emergency Squad responded to the scene.

The name of the suspect from Thursday’s police-related shooting has been released.

According to West Virginia State Police Sgt. M.A. Kiddy, of the Bridgeport detachment, Kyle Jenkins, 24, of Grafton, is being charged with two counts of felony attempted murder in the first degree, following the incident.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Kiddy, Jenkins approached a Grafton City Police officer in the middle deck of the parking garage, and began slashing at him with a large knife. The officer was able to fight back against Jenkins, who fled on foot.

A second officer made contact with Jenkins on East Washington Street, and ordered him to drop his weapon numerous times. Jenkins aggressively slashed the knife toward the officer repeatedly.

The complaint states that, after multiple attempts to get Jenkins to drop his weapon, the officer drew his service weapon and fired one shot, striking the suspect in the chest area.

Jenkins is still in the hospital, but was in stable condition, according to Bord.


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