U.S. Marshals join hunt for Wheeling murder suspects
WHEELING, W.Va. -- It's been 2 weeks since a man was shot and killed in the East Wheeling area, and two of the men police believe are involved are still on the run.
The slaying of Lemroy Coleman is the first murder investigation for Wheeling Police since 2013. U.S. Marshals have joined in the search for Dallas Acoff and Rocco Pandoli.
They are asking the public for any help in locating these two men, but they're warning the public not to approach the men considered armed and dangerous.
Police believe Acoff is the man that shot and killed 33-year-old Coleman. Pandoli is also wanted in connection with the murder. Michael Johnson has already been arrested and is charged with aiding and abetting.
All of the men, including the victim, have a lengthy criminal history surrounding the sale of drugs.
"It wasn't a random act," Sgt. Greg McKenzie of the Wheeling Police Department said. "They knew who they were shooting at, and these guys have had confrontations before. It's still a safe city, but we need to get these guys off the street."
McKenzie says police are following several leads, but still haven't located Acoff or Pandoli. While it's the first murder investigation in the city in 2 years, it's just one of several incidences that have occurred outside the American Legion bar near 16th Street -- 2 blocks from Wheeling Central Catholic High School.
"It's mostly late at night early morning, but it is still a concern because it is close to the school," McKenzie said.
If you have any information on this case, you are urged to call Wheeling Police or our anonymous Crimebusters Tipline at 1-800-862-BUST.