WEIRTON - The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office confirmed Dakota Givens, 18, of Follansbee is dead after being shot while attempting to commit night time burglary early Monday at the A&M Quick Mart located at 201 S. 11th St.
Weirton Police Chief Bruce Marshall said a call came in just before 4 a.m. reporting the robbery and the shooting. He said the burglary and subsequent shooting are still under investigation, but confirmed that two individuals were placed under arrest.
James M. Sands II and Chelsea L. Metz, both 18, were arrested and charged with nighttime burglary and conspiracy to commit nighttime burglary, according to court documents.
SITE OF SHOOTING — The owner of A&M Quick Mart on South 11th Street in Weirton shot and killed a would-be burglar around 4 a.m. Monday, police said.
Weirton Police Capt. Rick Stead said the store owner, who has not been identified, allegedly shot Givens.
The alleged burglars did not appear to be armed, Stead said. Officers did not arrest the store owner, and Stead noted his department provided case information to Hancock County Prosecutor James Davis Jr., who will decide whether the owner will face charges.
The criminal complaint filed in magistrate court stated, during an interview with police, Metz said the three parked their vehicle at the nearby intersection of Bell Street and Concord Court and she remained in the car while Givens and Sands approached the store. Minutes later, she heard gunshots and Sands came running back to the vehicle and told her Givens had been shot.
Arriving officers reportedly found Givens lying on the pavement outside the store, with Metz holding up Givens' head and Sands standing next to them.
Weirton Area Ambulance and Rescue Squad Operations Supervisor Eric Zaney said multiple crews responded to the scene where the patient was found with a gunshot wound. He said the patient was then transported by medical helicopter to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Trauma Center.
Police believe the three were conspiring to steal "fake marijuana" from the store, according to the complaint. It is unclear if the product they allegedly were targeting falls under the proposed federal Synthetic Drug Control Act, which would ban the manufacture and distribution of more than 30 currently legal synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana and cocaine.
That measure passed the House of Representatives on Thursday and is pending before the U.S. Senate.
The West Virginia Legislature in May approved a bill banning the sale of "synthetic cannaboids," drugs that mimic the effects of marijuana, and synthetic "bath salts."
Sands and Metz were arraigned Monday morning and remain at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, on $50,000 bond each. Both are scheduled to appear again in magistrate court at 9 a.m. Friday.