BLUEFIELD, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The National Police Defense Foundation is contributing a $10,000 reward in the apprehension of a man accused of shooting a police officer in Bluefield, Va.
Executive Director Joseph Occhipinti announced the posting of the $10,000 Safe Cop Reward in connection with the armed assault and attempted murder of a Bluefield, Virginia Police Officer on Feb. 16.
The suspect, Donquale M. Gray, remains at large, and several police agencies are participating in the hunt for him.
Virginia State Police said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had joined the U.S. Marshals Service, by matching the original reward amount of $5,000.00.
Gray is wanted by the Virginia State Police for the attempted capital murder of a police officer.
State Police say the incident began at approximately 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 16, when a Bluefield, Va. Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 Toyota Yaris for an equipment violation. The Toyota, which had been traveling east on Route 460, pulled off to the shoulder near Exit 3 (which is within the town limits of Bluefield, Va.).
Seated inside the Toyota was an adult male driver and Gray, the front-seat passenger. During the course of the traffic stop, Gray began shooting at and wounded the Bluefield, Va. Police Officer as he was standing outside the vehicle on the driver's side.
State Police say the Bluefield, Va. Officer and a second Bluefield, Va. Officer, who had responded to assist with the traffic stop, returned fire. The Toyota's driver got out of the vehicle and surrendered. Gray got into the driver's seat and drove off.
The Toyota was found abandoned a few hours later in Bluefield, W.Va.
The driver of the vehicle was cited for a traffic violation and released. He was not injured in the shooting. Nor was the other Bluefield, Va. Police Officer at the scene.