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Russell Brown charged for killing of Virginia State Police trooper Junius Walker

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DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP/ABC7) - A Dinwiddie County prosecutor says she will seek the death penalty against the man charged in the shooting death of a Virginia state trooper.

Virginia State Police Trooper Junius A. Walker was fatally shot on a section of Interstate 85 south. He is a 35-year veteran and leaves behind a wife and two adult daughters.
Russell E. Brown, 28, of Chesterfield, Virginia was charged Friday with capital murder for the shooting death of Virginia State Police trooper Junius A. Walker.

Commonwealth's Attorney Lisa Caruso announced her intentions Friday at Russell Ervin Brown's arraignment. The 28-year-old Chesterfield County man is charged with capital murder in Thursday's slaying of 63-year-old Master Trooper Junius Walker.

According to media reports, Brown said in court that he expects to be executed.

Walker, who was fatally shot on a section of Interstate 85 south, is a 35-year veteran and leaves behind a wife and two adult daughters.

Police say the incident occurred on I-85 southbound at the 45-mile marker. 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, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said.

The second trooper fired at Brown, who fled into the woods. He was found nearby a short time later and was arrested and later charged.

Geller said authorities found a weapon and were trying to determine if it was the one used in the shooting.

Governor Bob McDonnell issued a statement on Walker's death, which read, in part:

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. These men and women are heroes who place their lives on the line to protect their fellow Virginians. 

...On behalf of all 8 million of the citizens of the Commonwealth, I offer our heartfelt condolences and gratitude for the sacrifices these families have made to keep us all safe. Today, I offer such condolences to Master Trooper Walker’s wife Betty, his two daughters Vera and Clarissa, and the rest of his family, friends, and colleagues. Our prayers are with them during this difficult time. Virginia has lost a brave public servant and hero.”

Attorney Joseph Teefey was appointed to represent Brown, whose next court appearance is March 18.

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