CHARLES TOWN – A suspect in a shooting last week at Jefferson Memorial Park has been apprehended in Berkeley County. He is charged with attempted murder.
Maurice Hough was arrested during a traffic stop, according to Chief Chris Kutcher of the Charles Town Police Department.
Members of the Charles Town and Ranson police departments; the Jefferson and Berkeley County sheriff’s offices; the West Virginia State Police; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshals participated in the arrest.
According to Charles Town police, the shooting occurred about 10 p.m. on May 23. When police arrived, they discovered Nick Hess with a gunshot wounded in his lower leg. Hess was taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg and later released.
Kutcher said seven shots were fired during the incident, although Hess was hit only once. Kutcher would not say what type of gun was used. The incident is currently being investigated by Detective Ronnie Kearns.
Kutcher said the investigation suggests that this is not the first time Hough and Hess have tangled.
“The victim and the suspect had an altercation approximately two months prior to the shooting,” Kutcher said.
Kutcher said he believes the shooting was an isolated incident, and that there is no reason for residents to fear using the park.
“I want to encourage people to use the park,” Kutcher said. “It’s a safe place.”