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Martinsburg police describe shooting of Winchester man

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Donald Berkeley Surber, 37, of Winchester.
AP Photo/Photo courtesy of The West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority


Martinsburg, W. Va., police issued a press release over the weekend describing the shooting of murder suspect Donald Berkeley Surber at a hospital during an apparent attempted escape on Friday night.

Surber, 37, of Winchester, is a suspect in the slaying of Katherine Nicole Sharpe, 35. Her body was found after Surber's arrest at her home following a stand-off with police.

According to the release:

On June 19th 2009 at approximately 8:30 PM officers of the Martinsburg Police Department responded to the Martinsburg City Hospital Emergency Rom for a shots fired call. Once on scene officers secured the area and made contact with witnesses and parties involved.

The investigation revealed, and is alleged in the complaint for warrant that an inmate from the Eastern Regional Jail was brought to the hospital for treatment for self inflicted cuts to his wrists. After being treated for his injuries the inmate bolted from the custody of the two correctional officers assigned to him.

The inmate ran a short distance into the emergency room and attempted to flea but his escape was blocked by the locked emergency room doors. The inmate then turned towards the officers and refused to obey their commands to stop. It was advised the inmate approached the correctional officers and was shot once while reaching for one of the correctional officer's weapon.

The inmate suffered a single gunshot wound to his arm which also entered his torso and was treated by hospital personnel and later transferred to the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester Virginia.

Evidence was obtained and collected at the scene along with statements from all witnesses including the two correctional officers. Martinsburg Police Detectives secured a felony warrant for escape from a correction facility for the inmate from Slate Magistrate Harry Snow. His extradition was approved pending his release from the hospital for his injuries from the Winchester Virginia Medical Center by Berkeley County
Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games Neely.

The Martinsburg Police were assisted in the investigation by members of the West Virginia State Police Crime Scene Unit and the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

The felony warrant for escape was obtained for the following individual:
Donald Surber DOB 11 30 71 last address Eastern Regional Jail Martinsburg WV



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