MPD Investigates Homicide

  • MPD Investigates Homicide

    MPD Investigates Homicide

    On July 27, 2017 at approximately 12:45 pm, officers from the Martinsburg Police Department responded to 222 Frederick Street in Martinsburg for a report of a gunshot victim. Upon the officers’ arrival, they were advised that one of the residents of that address, Kristen Calvin Pennix (DOB: 3/28/1986), had suffered what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the upper abdomen. Officers found Mr. Pennix lying near the back door of the house and he was assisted by medics with the Martinsburg Fire Department. He was then transported to Berkeley Medical Center for further treatment. The suspect is believed to be a black male, possibly wearing a black hoodie-style sweatshirt. It has not yet been confirmed whether the suspect left on foot or in a vehicle.

    Martinsburg Police Detectives were advised by medical personnel that Mr. Pennix passed away late in the evening of July 27, 2017 from the injuries he sustained from the gunshot wound. The decedent will be taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston, West Virginia for a scheduled autopsy on July 28, 2017.

    The initial investigation with evidence gained supports the theory that a motive for this homicide was robbery and that a small in caliber handgun may have been used as the murder weapon.

    The entire Martinsburg Police Department Investigative Unit commanded by Captain Kevin Miller is actively investigating this homicide and is being supported in its efforts by members of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, the West Virginia State Police, and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, first in the initial investigation, and further in the subsequent intensive homicide investigation. Martinsburg Police Detectives are actively following up on numerous informative leads, witness interviews, and the further securing of potential evidence of this crime.

    The Martinsburg Police Department would like to extend their condolences and prayers to the entire Pennix family for this tragedy.

    The investigation remains ongoing at this time and anyone with information regarding this homicide is urged to contact the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.