Assault Suspect Remains At Large

Shawn Brookins, who was convicted in a 2008 fatal shooting in Wheeling, was wanted by law enforcement late Friday after he physically assaulted two women hours earlier inside a home on Main Street.

Brookins, 28, originally of Dayton, Ohio, was arguing with his girlfriend around 6:50 a.m. Friday inside a home in the 700 block of Main Street, police said.

Brookins then punched the 26-year-old woman multiple times, all while she was holding her 1-year-old son, according to police Lt. Phil Redford

When the girlfriend’s relative, a 44-year-old woman, came to her aide, Brookins allegedly grabbed a pool stick and used it to beat her also.

Police arrived and the two women came running from the house, while Brookins fled from the rear of the home. The victims told officers Brookins was armed and that the convicted felon had said he was not going back to jail.

“We do consider him armed and dangerous,” Redford said, “so by no means try to intervene or apprehend him on your own. Just call your local law enforcement agency immediately.”

Multiple officers responded, along with a K-9 unit. The dog tracked Brookins’ trail through North Wheeling, Redford said, but lost the track around Fourth Street.

Brookins is black, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds. Officers are no longer actively searching the streets for Brookins, but they issued a “be on the lookout” alert to surrounding law enforcement agencies.

The women were treated for their injuries at a local hospital and released.

Arrest warrants charging Brookins with two counts of malicious wounding were issued Friday. A warrant was issued Thursday charging Brookins with domestic battery in an incident involving one of the women he attacked Friday.

Brookins already was wanted on a parole violation from an arrest last month in which he was charged with domestic battery, public intoxication and obstructing an officer. In that incident, Brookins allegedly was drunk one afternoon when he hit a woman then resisted while officers placed him under arrest. He was released from the Northern Regional Jail after posting $5,000 bond.

Brookins’ attorney in that case, Matthew Chapman, could not be reached for comment Friday.

Brookins pleaded guilty in May 2009 to a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Eric Crayton. Then-Circuit Judge Arthur Recht sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

In March 2008, Brookins shot Crayton in the abdomen while the two were in South Wheeling. Brookins then dropped Crayton off at Ohio Valley Medical Center, where he died as a result of his injury.

Messages were left with several West Virginia Division of Corrections officials Friday, but none returned calls to regarding when and why Brookins was granted parole. Calls to a phone number Brookins registered in Ohio County Magistrate Court documents also went unanswered.