Man arrested for murder


At approximately 12:30 a.m. on March 24, 2019, Winchester Police officers were in the 400 block of North Kent Street when they heard shots being fired at the Elks Club, located at 414 North Kent Street. One victim died on scene. The Winchester Police Department (WPD) has identified the deceased male victim as Michael William Harris, 38, of Winchester. Two other victims were shot and are being treated at the Winchester Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries.



During the investigation, officers identified the suspect as Joshua Coffelt, 28, of Winchester. A warrant for murder was obtained. At approximately 9:30 a.m., WPD was alerted to his whereabouts in the 2200 block of Wilson Blvd. Officers located Coffelt inside of an apartment and took him into custody without incident.



This is the first murder for the City of Winchester in 2019. The WPD was assisted by Frederick County Sheriffs' Office, Virginia State Police, and federal law enforcement agencies. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information, should contact the Winchester Police Department at (540) 662-4131.