UPDATE: Suspect arrested in the death of Dwayne Richardson

UPDATE (5/5 at 4:30 p.m.) -Beckley PD has sent the following information.

On Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:24 p.m., officer from the Beckley Police Department were dispatched to a shooting in the 500 Block of Terrill Street.  Officers along with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) who were responding to the shooting were flagged down on S. Fayette Street at Truman Avenue by a vehicle whose occupants were transporting the victim to the hospital.  Officers observed the victim, identified as DWAYNE MARQUETTE RICHARDSON JR. suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest area.  EMS immediately began providing life saving measures while transporting the victim to Raleigh General Hospital.  The victim was flown by helicopter to a Charleston Area Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

An investigation conducted by the Beckley Police Department Detective Bureau revealed that the victim had been present at 509 Terrill Street with a group of acquaintances prior to the shooting.  Initial interviews of these individuals provided conflicting information pertaining to both the location of the shooting incident and the circumstances surrounding the victim being shot.  Based on these conflicting statements and physical evidence discovered outside of the residence, detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence located at 509 Terrill Street.  During the subsequent search, numerous items of physical evidence were documented and seized for future analysis.

Additional interviews were conducted on May 3rd and May 4th, to include the interview of JERIAMYAH JACOB FORTNER.  As a result of these interviews and the investigative findings; it was determined that FORTNER inadvertently shot RICHARDSON while recklessly handling an AR-15 rifle.  On May 5, 2021 warrants were obtained for FORTNER.

On May 5, 2021 at 3:40 p.m., FORTNER, accompanied by his attorney turned himself in to members of the Beckley Police Department.  FORTNER was processed and then transported to the Southern Regional Jail pending his initial arraignment.”


UPDATE (5/3 at 11:15 a.m.) – Beckley PD has sent out the following information regarding the shooting in Beckley last night.

The Beckley Police Department is investigating the shooting death of an eighteen-year-old male, identified as DWAYNE MARQUETTE RICHARDSON JR. that occurred in Beckley at approximately 9:24 p.m. last night in the 500 Block of Terrill Street.

Officers along with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) who were responding to the shooting were flagged down on S. Fayette Street at Truman Avenue by a vehicle whose occupants were transporting the victim to the hospital.

Officers observed the victim was suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest area.

EMS immediately began providing life saving measures while transporting the victim to Raleigh General Hospital.  The victim was flown by helicopter to a Charleston Area Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries

The Beckley Police Department is asking anyone with information on this incident to contact Crime Stoppers of WV via their free P3 Tips app or Detective Cpl. Stewart at 304-256-1708.  Cash rewards will be paid for information leading to an arrest in this incident.


BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – An 18-year-old Woodrow Wilson High School student and basketball player was fatally shot on Sunday, May 2.

Beckley Police said the shooting occurred at 9:24 p.m. on the 500 block of Terrill St. near South Fayette St.

According to police, EMS transported the male victim, who suffered a single shot to the chest.  He was transported to Raleigh General Hospital and then to Charleston where he succumbed to his injuries.

There were no other injuries reported. Police say they are currently investigating what led up to the shooting.

Stay with WOAY for further details. 

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