Suspect in I-470 shooting arraigned

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — A man was arraigned Monday for allegedly shooting truck driver Michael Brundage in the face alongside Interstate 470.

Belmont County Prosecutor Kevin Flanagan announced that Malcom Alcindor Williams was arraigned Monday in the Belmont County Common Pleas Court. Williams had been arrested in Michigan earlier this month on a warrant from an indictment by a Belmont County grand jury. Williams, who is also a truck driver, is alleged to have shot Brundage at about 10:37 p.m. Jan. 30 after his vehicle became disabled in the westbound lanes of the highway.

Flanagan credited the Ohio State Highway Patrol with a very thorough investigation, which ultimately led to the indictment. He added that “given the pendency of the matter, no further information can be released until trial.”

Previously, Lt. Brian McFarland, commander of the St. Clairsville patrol post, sought public assistance in finding a suspect in the shooting. He asked for anyone who saw two commercial trucks pulled over between 10 and 11 p.m. Jan. 30 along I-470 to call the office with a detailed description of what they saw.

At that time, McFarland said the suspect was believed to be a black male who was wearing a black toboggan at the time of the incident. He said the suspect was reportedly driving a commercial vehicle with blue lettering.

On Feb. 3, McFarland said Brundage, a resident of Ellenboro, West Virginia, was still in the hospital and would likely be released the following weekend.

According to McFarland, Brundage’s truck had broken down near mile marker 3 on the westbound side of travel. Another commercial truck driver also pulled over and apparently asked if Brundage needed any help.

McFarland said the victim was then shot in the face, and the other driver fled the scene.


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