Elderly Man Defends Himself in Home Invasion, 1 Person Dead



Fairmont police have identified the three people involved in Tuesday morning’s deadly home invasion on the 700 block of Gaston Avenue.

Upon arriving at a residence, police said they found a man dressed in black lying in the road with a gunshot wound to his head/neck. He has been identified as Larry Shaver, 28, of Fairmont. Shaver was later pronounced dead at the scene. 

They also found another man shot in the lower torso, across the street. He has been identified as John Grossklaus, 28, of Fairmont.

An 80-year-old man living in the residence said Shaver, Grossklaus and a woman attempted to rob him after the woman came to his door, asking to use his phone for an emergency, according to a press release from the Fairmont Police Department. When he let her in, two men dressed in dark clothes entered the home, showed what appeared to be a handgun, and demanded items from the victim.

He shot both men as they were trying to rob him, according to police. 

Police later identified the robbers’ weapon as a realistic looking pellet or BB gun.

The woman, identified as Whitney Kabiru, 23, ran away and was later apprehended by police.

Grossklaus is listed in stable condition at Ruby Memorial Hospital. He will be charged with robbery, among other charges.

Kabiru is being held on robbery and conspiracy charges at the North Central Regional Jail.

The Fairmont Detective Division is still in the process of evaluating evidence pertaining to this case, according to the press release. Authorities are also investigating the possibility that Shaver and Grossklaus were involved in other reported felonious crimes, prior to the robbery in the house on Gaston Avenue.

Detectives said as a result of their investigation, it appears the homeowner had reason to believe that his use of force was necessary to defend himself against a perceived imminent use of unlawful deadly force, according to the press release.


Fairmont Police are investigating a shooting that happened overnight Tuesday.

Officers received a call of a shooting on the west side of Fairmont just after midnight.

According to police, the shooting was a home invasion robbery. One suspect is dead and one suspect is receiving medical treatment at Ruby Memorial Hospital. 

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