CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – More details are being released about the alleged carjacking that led to the shooting of Clarksburg city councilman Jim Malfregeot.
On Talkline, Police chief Mark Kiddy said the incident between councilman Malfregot and Antonio Dejesus, 32, was a random act of violence.
“Police received a report of a suspicious person causing issues at Hardees and in the area,”Kiddy said,”He fled that area, I assume to avoid being picked up by police.”
Dejesus went to the nearby home of the councilman as he was preparing to leave with his wife and mother-in-law. The two ladies were in the car waiting for Malfregot when the incident began.
“Councilman Malfregot heard his wife scream and came outside to attempt to stop the individual,”Kiddy said,”At which time he received one gunshot wound from the suspect.”
Dejesus and the ladies fled the home going the wrong-way on Main Street to Route 19, leaving Malfregot wounded.
Kiddy says they were first alerted when residents reported Dejesus traveling the wrong-way on Main Street, then other witness reports led them to the Bridgeport area.
“We received another phone call that he was traveling northbound in the southbound lane of I-79, members of the Bridgeport Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Department responded to that area,”Kiddy said,”We received another phone call that he was inside the Black Bear Express on Saltwell, upon their arrival he was apprehended in the parking lot.”
Malfregot is in stable but critical condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital, his wife and mother-in-law were not injured.
“He underwent surgery last night at Ruby Memorial Hospital, at this time he is critical condition but stable,”Kiddy said,”There’s a possibility for a second surgery to repair damage they may have missed.”
The suspect, Antonio Dejesus, 32, of Wilmington, Delaware, was on federal supervised released due to prior drug violations and was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service.
“He had failed to report once he was in this area,”Kiddy said,”That’s why he was wanted for violation for violation of probation by the U.S. Marshalls.”