On Wednesday, April 30, 2008, officers from the Martinsburg Police Department went to the area of Martins Landing Apartment Complex for shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located and spoke with a victim, who said that he had been shot at in his vehicle.
Approximately 0145hrs, the victim was approached by two people at Wal-Mart who spoke with him briefly. A short time later the victim said that he was leaving Wal-Mart and observed the same two people get into a grey Lincoln Town car.
The victim said that he was followed by the vehicle and suspects, but was able to lose sight of them eventually. The victim then parked the vehicle in the Martins Landing Apartment Complex and then saw the Lincoln Town car coming towards him. The victim then left in his vehicle and was pursued by the Lincoln Town car. While being pursued, gun fire erupted from the Lincoln Town car which resulted in several rounds striking the victim’s vehicle. One of the rounds struck and embedded into a seat in the victim’s vehicle. The victim then fled the area unharmed and was able to contact police.
A short time later, Deputy Butcher of the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a grey Lincoln Town car after a BOLO had been issued for the vehicle. Upon stopping the vehicle, 3 occupants fled the vehicle. Officers from area agencies searched the area and were able to locate one suspect. The suspect, Travis Latta, was located hiding under a porch and two firearms were located nearby.
Later on this date, the Martinsburg Police Department charged Travis Latta with Attempted Murder and Wanton Endangerment. Mr. Latta is currently incarcerated in the Eastern Regional Jail on other charges and is awaiting arraignment on these charges. Warrants have been issued for a second suspect, who as of the time of this press release, has yet to be arrested.
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