(07/26/2007)
SHOOT-OUT IN POCAHONTAS - A forensic team from the West Virginia State Police says the car driven by David Doyle as he ran a roadblock in the Huttonsville area last Friday night was hit by four separate shotgun blasts.

"Even though it looks like it is riddled with bullet holes, it was only hit four times," said State Police Sgt. Wayne Vessels.

"All of the holes you see in it are from the double-ought buckshot from the shotguns."


Those shots were fired by Randolph County deputies who set up a roadblock at Huttonsville on U.S. Route 219 when it was reported Doyle (left) might be headed north.

He was a suspect in a shooting in Pocahontas County. Vale Gonzales was injured in that shooting.

State Police say Doyle, driving a car stolen from Georgia that had stolen plates from West Virginia, tried to run a trooper off the road and eventually managed to elude him.

Deputies opened fire when Doyle refused to heed their roadblock.

"They were trying to disable the vehicle," he said. "They were shooting at the car and hit the radiator and that eventually disabled the car about four-miles up the road."

Police said they found Doyle hiding out at a mobile home in the Mill Creek area, the home of a former girlfriend.

A neighbor called police after spotting the car. A state police special response team surrounded the home and stormed in, taking Doyle without incident.

Randolph County deputies are expected to file additional charges against Doyle for the incident. He's already jailed on a malicious wounding charge for the shooting in Pocahontas County that started the pursuit.

Police have also arrested Brandon Waddell, Eric Vandevander, Stevin Halterman, and a 17-year old juvenile. They are all charged with malicious wounding.

Doyle, Waddell, and Vandevander are being all held on a $250,000 cash-only bond. Halterman has been released on a $5,000 bond.

State police are still looking into which suspect originally fired the weapon. Vale Gonzalez has been released from the hospital.


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