35 Year Veteran Gunned Down On I-85
Dinwiddie, Va. (1140wrva.com) Virginia State Police are mourning the loss of one of their troopers gunned down during a traffic stop in Dinwiddie Thursday afternoon. State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller says Master Trooper Junius Walker, who was 63, pulled up next to a car stopped on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of Interstate 85 near the 45 mile marker around 1:20pm. The car's driver opened fire on Walker whose cruiser then lunged about 30 feet into woods alongside the highway.
Above: shooting scene. Below: listen to Corinne Geller
Geller says the first responding officer saw a man, identified as 28 year old Russell Brown of Chesterfield, standing alongside Walker's car. He was shooting into Walker's car. The responding trooper and Brown exchanged shots before Brown ran into the woods. He was captured about 30 minutes later hiding at a tow truck business. Brown is charged with capital murder of a police officer and attempted capital murder.
Above: Russell Brown who is being held in Alberta
Walker was shot several times and died at the scene. He leaves behind a wife and two adult daughters. The investigation closed the southbound lanes for about 11 hours.
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