MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KDKA) – State police in West Virginia released details about a deadly crime spree.
According to police, 22-year-old Shayne Riggleman, of Morgantown, is responsible for the murder of five people in a home near Morgantown.
On Monday night, authorities discovered the bodies of Charles and Karen Richardson and Karin’s children – 17-year-old Kevin and 22-year-old Katrina Hudson, who was six months pregnant.
Another man – 30-year-old Robert Raber – was also killed.
“I’ve investigated a lot of crimes – murder crimes – and this would rate [as] one of the top [for] being heinous and I really don’t want to go into the crime scene itself,” State Police Captain James Merrill said.
“Like I said, this is an active investigation,” he added. “To try to protect the integrity of the investigation as much as possible, but it was of a heinous nature.”
Police say Riggleman stole a car and traveled to Fairchance, Fayette County, where he met with a female friend.
He left, struck a vehicle, ran over the driver, a 58-year-old woman, and went to Roane County, W. Va., where he shot Donald Nickles, a gas station attendant.
He is in critical condition after being shot in the neck, but is expected to survive.
Authorities in Kentucky pulled him over for speeding last night, but he shot himself in the head with a rifle soon after.
“If it didn’t end the way it did, we probably would have had more fatalities,” Merrill said. “This guy, I do not believe he would’ve stopped.”