FAIRMONT – Multiple law enforcement agencies are searching for Brian Lyons, 38, of Pennsylvania, for the shooting of two individuals in White Hall.
Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Riffle said Monday night in a press briefing that one of the victims – Christopher Moses of Lanham Lane – died from the Sunday morning shooting, while the other was severely injured and is receiving care in an area hospital.
Riffle said that while Lyons is no longer believed to be in the area, he should be considered armed and dangerous. Riffle said it was the combined efforts of different law enforcement agencies, including some in Pennsylvania, that led to Lyons being identified as the primary suspect.
“Warrants are being obtained for a suspect in that shooting, that suspect is a Brian Lyons,” Riffle said. “The cooperative efforts of the investigation between our detectives and the other agencies involved, they worked very hard on it since early Sunday morning until this point.
“We’re still trying to develop that motive, we believe it was just a robbery homicide.”
According to Riffle, Pennsylvania State Police and the U.S. Marshal Service are involved in the search for Lyons, in addition to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Fairmont Police and White Hall Police. He said the sheriff’s department received a call about the shooting at around 8:10 a.m. Sunday and officers responded to the scene. Riffle said he doesn’t believe Lyons to have ties to the area.
Riffle also said the deceased victim’s cars was found in Somerset, Pennsylvania, leading police to believe he is somewhere in Pennsylvania.
“The only thing we can surmise at this time is that he may have been just trying to elude Pennsylvania law enforcement,” Riffle said. “We don’t know of any ties he has to the area or any family members or anything like that here.”
With Lyons as the primary suspect, police have a warrant for his arrest based namely on the charge of first-degree murder, with other charges possible following his arrest. According to Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Freeman, Lyons is wanted in Pennsylvania on other charges as well.
“I believe Mr. Lyons is wanted in Pennsylvania for a parole violation and an attempted murder charge in that jurisdiction as well,” Freeman said. “I believe he had an outstanding warrant from Pennsylvania and they were already actively looking for him for that.”
Riffle said that work from different public safety agencies helped to keep the second victim alive, and he is hopeful that further cooperative efforts will lead to Lyons’ arrest.
“We’d really like to thank members of the Boothsville Volunteer Fire Department and the Rescue Squad for keeping the second victim alive... along with a member of the Fairmont City Police Department,” Riffle said. “It’s nice to have cooperation between agencies and hopefully get the person in custody and get him convicted.”
Email Eddie Trizzino at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @eddietimeswv.