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UPDATE: Former state trooper victim in Pocahontas County double homicide

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(WVVA) - The victims of a double homicide in Pocahontas County were the grandparents to the man arrested for stealing their car and is a person of interest in the case, according to West Virginia State Police.

Authorities from the Two Virginias had been searching for Aaron Bussard, 22, since Friday after state police say they found the grandparents dead in their home and their car missing. The victims have been identified as Tim McDaniels, 61 and Shawn McDaniels, 59. Troopers say Tim McDaniels was a retired trooper with the West Virginia State Police.

Police sent out an alert for the Honda Pilot and obtained a warrant for Bussard for grand larceny for the SUV. According to Allegheny County, VA Sheriff Kevin Hall, the vehicle was spotted Saturday morning in Covington, VA and Bussard was arrested after a standoff with police near Clifton Forge, VA.

According to a news release from the WVSP;

Mr. McDaniels was a retired West Virginia State Trooper who served from 1978-1991.  He was wounded in the line of duty while responding to a domestic situation and received a Purple Heart.  Trooper and Mrs. McDaniels’ family remain in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with this senseless tragedy.           

Buzzard will be charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of grand larceny once he is extradited back back to West Virginia.

Read the full news release below from the West Virginia State Police:

Marlinton, West Virginia – On Friday, November 27, 2015, at approximately 3:00pm, Trooper D. M. Brock, of the Marlinton Detachment, and a Pocahontas County Deputy responded to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy D. McDaniels (61 years of age), on Crow Hill Lane, to perform a welfare check after relatives advised that they had not heard from either one of them for several days.  Once on the scene, the officers discovered the deceased bodies of Mr. Timothy McDaniels and his wife, Ms. Shawn Marie McDaniels (59 years of age).  Both victims had been shot with a firearm. 

The officers determined that Mr. McDaniels’ Honda Pilot was missing from the residence.  During the course of the investigation, probable cause was developed to obtain an arrest warrant for the victims grandson, Mr. Aaron Bussard (22 years of age, from Dunmore, West Virginia) for the theft of the Honda Pilot.  On November 28, 2015, at approximately 8:30am, the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Department apprehended Mr. Bussard during a traffic stop near Clifton Forge, Virginia.  Mr. Bussard threatened to complete suicide during the traffic stop; however, he was apprehended and placed in jail to await extradition proceedings.  Mr. Bussard will be charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of grand larceny once he is extradited to Pocahontas County, West Virginia.

Mr. McDaniels was a retired West Virginia State Trooper who served from 1978-1991.  He was wounded in the line of duty while responding to a domestic situation and received a Purple Heart.  Trooper and Mrs. McDaniels’ family remain in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with this senseless tragedy.           

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(WVVA) - The man wanted in connection with a double murder in Pocahontas County has been captured Saturday in Virginia.
Authorities from the Two Virginias had been searching for 22-year-old Aaron Bussard since Friday.
West Virginia State Police say a trooper went for a welfare check Friday at a home in Marlinton and found two homicide victims and their car missing.
Allegheny County Sheriff Kevin Hall says Bussard was captured after two citizens spotted him a gas station outside of Covington.
Hall says police stopped the car and spent 2 1/2 hours negotiating with him to try to get him out of the vehicle before hitting him with a stun gun and taking him into custody.
The sheriff says Bussard was armed with three firearms when he was stopped and threatened to take his own life.
Police have not named the two victims or specified how they were killed. 

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