Truck driver says suspect in trooper’s slaying shot at rig


DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) — A truck driver says a man standing trial for fatally shooting a Virginia State trooper fired several shots at his rig when the driver got back into it after checking the trooper’s car.

Thomas Hales of Raleigh, North Carolina, testified that he had stopped on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie because he saw Trooper Junius Walker’s patrol car had run into the woods.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2a93Plj) Hales gave his testimony Tuesday in the capital murder trial of 31-year-old Russell E. Brown III of Chesterfield County.

Brown is charged with shooting Walker, a 35-year veteran of the state police, in March 2013, when the trooper stopped at Brown’s car on the shoulder of the interstate to see if he needed help.

Brown has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com

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