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UPDATED: Man arrested in death of State Police Trooper

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Suspect in murder: Russell Brown, of Chesterfield Suspect in murder: Russell Brown, of Chesterfield
DINWIDDIE, VA -

 

6:08 a.m. Friday

DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police have identified a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a trooper during a traffic stop.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says 28-year-old Russell E. Brown of Chesterfield was found hiding at a business about a half-mile from where Master Trooper Junius A. Walker was shot off Interstate 85 on Thursday.

Geller says Brown has been charged with one count each of capital murder of a police officer and two felony firearm counts.

Brown is being held without bond at the Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta. It wasn't known whether he has an attorney.

The 63-year-old Walker was a 35-year State Police veteran.

9:42 p.m.


(AP) - A Virginia State Police trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop off Interstate 85 Thursday and a suspect was arrested after exchanging fire with another trooper, authorities said.
    
State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Master Trooper Junius A. Walker, 63, was shot multiple times.
    
Walker, who was patrolling alone as most troopers do, called for backup after being fired upon just before 1:30 p.m. The second trooper arrived within two minutes and saw a male suspect firing into Walker's marked police vehicle, which was down an embankment off the southbound lanes of the interstate near the woods, Geller said.
    
The second trooper fired at the suspect, who fled into the woods. He was found nearby and was arrested before 2 p.m. The suspect was not immediately identified. Charges were pending.
    
"We're trying to determine if there was a second individual involved," Geller said at a news conference near the scene in Dinwiddie County, just south of Richmond.
    
Geller said authorities found a weapon and were trying to determine if it was the one used in the shooting.
    
Gov. Bob McDonnell said Walker was a 35-year veteran of the state police.
    
"Virginia's public safety professionals are on the front lines every day protecting their fellow citizens from harm and pursuing those individuals whose actions put others in danger," McDonnell said. "These men and women are heroes who place their lives on the line to protect their fellow Virginians."
    
McDonnell expressed condolences to Walker's wife, two daughters and the rest of his family, friends and colleagues.
    
"Virginia has lost a brave public servant and hero," McDonnell said.
    
Authorities shut down a section of Interstate 85 near the 45-mile marker where the shooting occurred, and Geller said it likely would be closed for several hours. Southbound traffic was being detoured off at Exit 48.

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8:43 p.m.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. W. Steven Flaherty released this statement about the death of Master Trooper Walker:

"A valued and dedicated public safety professional, Master Trooper Walker's sudden and tragic death is a tremendous loss to his Virginia State Police family.  His family, friends and fellow troopers are in our thoughts and prayers tonight during this difficult time."

Walker is survived by his wife, and two adult children.

State Police have still not released the name of the suspect.

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6:44 p.m.

Virginia State Police say 63-year-old Master Trooper J.A. Walker has died, following the shooting this afternoon.

He had been with the agency since 1973, and worked in Dinwiddie County since 1986.

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6:23 p.m.


(AP) - A Virginia State Police trooper was shot during a traffic stop off Interstate 85 Thursday and a suspect was arrested after exchanging fire with another trooper who responded to the scene, authorities said.
    
State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the trooper was shot multiple times. He was flown to a Richmond hospital. Geller would not release his condition, pending notification of his family.
    
The trooper, who was patrolling alone, called for backup after being fired upon just before 1:30 p.m. The second trooper arrived within two minutes and saw a male suspect firing into the injured trooper's vehicle, which was down an embankment off the interstate near the woods, Geller said.
    
The second trooper fired at the suspect, who fled into the woods. He was found nearby a short time later and was arrested. The suspect was not immediately charged.
    
"We're trying to determine if there was a second individual involved," Geller said at a news conference near the scene in Dinwiddie County, just south of Richmond.
    
Geller said authorities found a weapon and were trying to determine if it was the one used in the shooting.
    
Authorities shut down a section of Interstate 85 near the 45-mile marker where the shooting occurred, and Geller said it likely would be closed for several hours as investigators rushed against nightfall to process the scene. Southbound traffic was being detoured off at Exit 48.

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5:11 p.m.

State Police statement on shooting

At 1:20 p.m. Thursday, VSP responded to a shots fired call.

A responding trooper found a marked patrol car in the woods off the right side of the southbound lanes of I-85 near the 45 mile marker in Dinwiddie County.

The responding trooper witnessed a male subject standing outside the patrol car and firing a weapon into it.

The responding trooper fired at the suspect, who then fled into the woods on foot, heading away from I-85.

At approx 1:58 p.m., the male suspect was apprehended by the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office and is now in State Police custody.

The trooper inside the patrol car was shot and has been transported to MCV Hospital in Richmond.  We are not releasing his condition at this time nor his name until all of his family can be notified.

Southbound I-85 is closed as state police process the crime scene. Southbound traffic is being detoured off I85 at exit 48/De Witt.  The southbound lanes will remain closed for several more hours.

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4:45 p.m.


(AP) - Virginia State Police say a trooper has been shot off of Interstate 85 and a suspect is in custody.
    
State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller told media outlets the trooper exchanged gunfire with the suspect Thursday afternoon. The trooper was taken to the hospital.
    
Geller says his condition would not be released until his family is notified.
    
Police shut down a section of Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County south of Richmond after the shooting. The incident occurred at the 45-mile marker. Southbound traffic is being detoured off at Exit 48.
    
No additional details were immediately available.

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4:39 p.m.

Our CNN affiliate WRIC quotes State Police officials as saying a trooper responded to a shots fired call at the scene.  When the trooper arrived, that trooper saw State Police vehicle off the side of the road, and a man standing outside of the vehicle.

That man then fired several shots into the vehicle, and the responding trooper fired back, according to WRIC's report.

State Police told WRIC they caught the suspect around 2:00 p.m.

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4:10 p.m.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch quotes a law enforcement source who says the trooper was killed.

We are still waiting to hear from Virginia State Police leaders on what happened.

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3:08 p.m.


(AP) - Virginia State Police have shut down a section of Interstate 85 south of Richmond after a shooting involving a state trooper.
    
Police say the incident occurred on I-85 southbound at the 45-mile marker. Southbound traffic is being detoured off at Exit 48.
    
No additional details were immediately available.

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