Robbery suspect released from hospital after shooting and ordered to jail

John Grossklaus, 28, of Fairmont
John Grossklaus, 28, of Fairmont

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — After his release from the hospital, a Fairmont home invasion and robbery suspect has been arraigned and ordered to the North Central Regional Jail.

John Grossklaus, 28 of Fairmont, was shot in the torso by a Gaston Avenue resident Tuesday morning.

Investigators said Grossklaus and Larry Shaver, 28 of Fairmont, were shot in a botched robbery attempt.  Click to read more.

Shaver was pronounced dead at the scene.

An 80-year-old man told police he took his pistol to answer a late-night knock at his door in the 700 block of Gaston Avenue.

He was confronted by a woman who claimed she needed to use the phone for an emergency.

Whitney Kabiru, 23, was followed into the home by Shaver and Grossklaus armed with what appeared to be a real gun according to Fairmont Police Chief Steve Shine.

The victim opened fire fatally striking Shaver in the head and neck.

Grossklaus has been charged with robbery and conspiracy. A Marion County magistrate set bail at $250,000.

Kabiru who fled from the scene during the shooting was later arrested and charged with robbery and conspiracy.

Investigators determined the shooter was defending himself and will not face charges.





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