(03/01/2017)
UPDATE 3/1/2017 - Troopers say there are still no charges connected to a shooting death in Clay County that happened back in January.

Craig Holcomb, 41, was arrested January 20 after a 24-hour long manhunt.

He was charged with nighttime burglary after breaking into a home along Procious-Maysel Road and charged with seven counts of wanton endangerment.

The day before, troopers reported that 38-year-old Christopher Belknap was found dead in the woods next to a trailer on Blue Knob Road.

Troopers say seven people inside the trailer told them shots were fired into the trailer but no one was hit. Holcomb was charged for those shots fired.

WVSP said that after further investigation, they found shots had also been fired from people inside the trailer.

It's still unclear how Belknap died. Preliminary autopsy results showed one shot to the abdomen as the cause of death.

Troopers say they are still waiting on the prosecutor to finish the investigation and determine if the shooting death was self defense or murder.

UPDATE 1-21-2017 - State Police said Craig Douglas Holcomb, 41,of Maysel was taken into custody after he had been sought as a suspect in the shooting death of William Christopher Belknap, 38, whose body was found in the woods in Maysel.

First Sgt. O.S. Starsick said an autopsy was being performed Friday on Belknap's body and State Police are waiting on the results before they proceed any further in the case.

Meanwhile, Starsick said Holcomb faces seven counts of wanton endangerment and a home invasion charge stemming from an incident Thursday when they believe he fired shots at a mobile home with seven people inside. No one inside the mobile home was wounded.

State Police said Belknap was with Holcomb when he was firing shots at the mobile home, and they do not know the motive behind the shooting of Belknap.

UPDATE 1-21-2017 - A man troopers said was considered to be armed and dangerous is now in jail after allegedly shooting a man to death in Clay.

Craig Holcomb, 41, of Clay County is in custody after a nearly 24 hour long manhunt.

He is the primary suspect in the shooting of Christopher Belknap, 38, of Clay County.

According to a criminal complaint, Holcomb is being charged with nighttime burglary after breaking into a home along Procious Maysel Road.

Police say a man called 911 overnight saying he and his family were locked in a back bedroom and that a man was in their home.

The officer who responded said he found Holcomb sitting on the couch and that he appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim told officers that he was on the couch when he heard someone talking outside his home. He said he heard the suspect on the porch and then heard them trying to break into the house.

Troopers believe Holcomb had been hiding in the woods all day.

At some point in time, Holcomb shot into or through the trailer. Holcomb was wanted for seven counts of wanton endangerment and is a suspect in the fatal shooting of Belknap.

CLAY COUNTY MURDER SUSPECT CAUGHT - Dead Of Gunshot Christopher Belknap, 38

1-20-2017 9 AM - A man troopers say was considered to be armed and dangerous in a Clay County murder is now in police custody.

Officials confirm Craig Holcomb, 41, is in custody after a nearly 24 hour long manhunt.

WVSP say he was found by a trooper after breaking into a home to get warm in the Maysel area Friday morning.

Holcomb was wanted for seven counts of wanton endangerment and is a suspect in the fatal shooting of Christopher Belknap, 38, of Clay County.

1-19-2017 3 PM - - West Virginia State Police say a man is dead and another is on the run after a shooting in Clay County at a mobile home on Blue Knob Road, Maysel.

Craig Holcomb, 41, from Clay County is wanted for wanton endangerment and is a suspect in the murder of Christopher Belknap, 38, of Clay County.

When authorities got on scene, they spoke to seven people in the trailer and found no one had been hit, but shots were fired into the trailer.

Authorities then found Belknap's body in the woods.

Troopers say Holcomb should be considered armed and dangerous.

BODY DISCOVERED SHOT TO DEATH IN CLAY COUNTY

1/19/2017 12 Noon - Clay County Deputies and West Virginia State Police are on the scene of a shooting, saying a person was discovered dead with a gunshot wound.

Police say it happened about 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Blue Knob\Maysel area of Clay.

Deputies say a suspect is on the run and is considered armed and dangerous, but they have yet to give a description.


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