Pocahontas Double Homicide Leads to Fugitive Situation

A fugitive situation which began in Pocahontas County Friday afternoon, and had the Allegheny Mountain Radio listening area on high alert, ended Saturday morning in Alleghany County.

According to the West Virginia State Police, at approximately 2:00 pm Friday, a trooper from the Marlinton detachment conducted a welfare check on Crow Hill Drive in Marlinton. At the residence, the trooper discovered two homicide victims, and further investigation determined that a black Honda Pilot belonging to the victims was missing. Probable cause was developed to obtain an arrest warrant for Aaron J. Bussard, age 22 of Marlinton, for grand larceny of the vehicle – he was also considered a person of interest in the homicides. An alert was issued from Pocahontas County Homeland Security/Emergency Management, and a Code Red issued from the Bath County Sheriff’s office. The suspect was considered armed and dangerous.

According to Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall, a call was placed to their office around 9:15 Saturday morning by someone who had spotted Bussard at the Stonewall Service Station. The Sheriff’s office intercepted Bussard’s vehicle heading east on Route 60 towards Covington. After a short chase, the vehicle left the road and went into a yard on Westwood Drive. The Sheriff’s office was joined by members of the Covington Police Department, and Virginia and West Virginia State Police. After a two hour standoff, Bussard was tased by officers, and taken into custody without further incident.

Stay tuned to Alleghany Mountain Radio for more information as it develops.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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