Terra Alta man in custody on first degree murder charge

John Strawser, Jr. is facing a 1st-degree murder charge in a Preston County shooting.

KINGWOOD, W.Va. — A Terra Alta man is in jail without bond on a first degree murder charge Friday following a shooting and chase by police.

John Wayne Strawser, Jr., 37, is accused of fatally shooting Amy Lou Buckingham, 38, in the driveway of her North Street home in Tunnelton.

West Virginia State Police were called to the residence at 10:38 p.m. after neighbors reported they heard Strawser and Buckingham arguing followed by a gunshot.

Police say the two had been involved in a romantic relationship.

Preston County Sheriff’s Deputies spotted Strawser traveling in a Subaru station wagon and performed a felony traffic stop.

According to1st Sgt. Geoffrey Petsko, WV State Police, Strawswer made a motion as police approached his driver’s side door which led to policing fire a round at the vehicle.

Strawser allegedly sped away, followed by deputies, where he took his vehicle through a gate into a field.

Police maneuvered vehicles to stop Strawser.  His vehicle became stuck and caught fire.

Strawser then ran from the scene.

As police were executing a warrant at Strawser’s Terra Alta home, he showed up and was arrested without incited.

Strawser was arraigned early Friday morning and was taken to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.]

His preliminary hearing is reportedly scheduled for Friday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m. in Preston County magistrate’s court.