Glassport homicide suspect kills himself in W.Va. |

Glassport homicide suspect kills himself in W.Va.

A Glassport homicide suspect on the run from authorities fatally shot himself in the head in a West Virginia hotel room with Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies at the door, officials said Wednesday.

Davven Eric Malloy, 20, shot himself Monday night at the Microtel Inn & Suites in Westover, a suburb of Morgantown, according to Allegheny County Sheriff Bill Mullen and a statement released by the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office.

The West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office determined Malloy died from a single bullet wound in the head from a 9mm pistol, and the manner of death was suicide, according to the Monongalia sheriff’s statement.

“He killed himself while (deputies) were outside the room,” Mullen said.

Mullen’s office considered Malloy one of its most-wanted fugitives. Malloy was accused of killing Melvin Harper, 26, on Sept. 17 outside a New Castle bar.

Mullen said Monongalia County sheriff’s deputies accompanied his deputies to the hotel after they got a tip Malloy or an acquaintance could be there. Deputies in the fugitive squad, headed by Lt. Jack Kearney, knocked on the door and identified themselves as police.

Malloy kicked out a window screen, but a deputy was outside, the sheriff’s offices said.

Seconds later, the officers heard a gunshot. They entered the room and found Malloy on the bed with a head wound. Police found a brick of heroin and a note in his pocket, officials said.

Two other men and a woman were in the room, Mullen said.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.