Suspect in Shooting Is Arrested at Gunpoint

BELLAIRE—A Martins Ferry man is in the Belmont County Jail today after allegedly being involved in a shooting Sunday in Wheeling.

Roosevelt Simmons Jr., 42, of 722 Catawba St., was arrested at gunpoint Sunday by Bellaire police.

Bellaire Police Chief Michael Kovalyk said Simmons was arrested minutes after a 12:22 p.m. call was received by the Wheeling Police Department.

“We initiated a traffic stop at 48th Street on the northbound lane of Route 7,” Kovalyk said. “Simmons exited his vehicle and walked toward the cruiser when he was ordered at gunpoint to put his hands on the car.”

Kovalyk said Simmons’ car was impounded pending aquisition of a search warrant.

“The car will be searched by a crime scene investigator from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations,” the chief said.

He said Bellaire police conducted a gunshot residue test on Simmons before he was taken to jail.

Kovalyk said Simmons was wanted on a warrant from Ohio County charging him with two counts of wanton endangerment.

He said officers from police departments in Wheeling, Martins Ferry and Shadyside also responded the arrest scene.

Wheeling Police Detective Frank Kuca today said officers responded to a call around noon on Sunday to 324 Eagle Court in response to a report of shots being fired.

Kuca said witnesses told officers Simmons fired shots through the doors of two apartments before he fled the area.

According to Kuca, the shooting may be in connection with theft reported by Simmons at 4 a.m. Sunday.

A Wheeling police report said Simmons reported that someone had stolen a digital video disc player and 30 DVD discs from an Eagle Court apartment.

Kuca said nobody was injured in the shooting.