- Sep 20
Suspect Arrested After Firing Shots on Burke Street
On September 20, 2018 at approximately 11:30 a.m., officers of the Martinsburg Police Department received notification of shots fired into a building on the 100 block of West Burke Street.
A witness provided an accurate description of the suspect, advising he was traveling on foot toward Maple Avenue.
Within two minutes of the original call, MPD Canine Handler Ryan Fritz and his partner Atlas located the suspect three blocks from the shooting, on North Church Street. The suspect, identified as Rodney Alexander Campbell, 50, was found to be in possession of a 9mm firearm that had bullets missing from its magazine.
Officers on the scene determined that three shots were fired into a vacant apartment at the 122 West Burke Street building. The property owner arrived on the scene and provided police access to the vacant apartment where physical evidence was recovered that linked the suspect to the shooting.
Campbell was placed under arrest and charged with three counts of Wanton Endangerment, Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Marijuana. No injuries were reported during the incident.
“The safety of Martinsburg families is our number one priority,” stated Sergeant Justin Darby, the on-duty shift supervisor. “Thanks to our officers’ immediate response and the great cooperation of a neighborhood resident, an illegal firearm was recovered and a violent offender taken off the street,” Darby added.