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DINWIDDIE, Va. (WTVR) – A man has been charged in the Thursday murder of Master Trooper Junius A. Walker.

Master Trooper J.A. Walker died on Thursday off Interstate 85 near mile marker 45 in Dinwiddie County. Walker, a 35-year veteran of the department, was assigned to patrol Dinwiddie County.

Police said the trooper, shortly before 1:20 p.m, pulled up next to a black sedan stopped on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes of I-85. Police said the driver almost immediately opened fire on the trooper.

Master Trooper Walker’s patrol car then lunged forward and ran off the right side of the road, coming to rest in the woods approximately 30 feet from the interstate.

A motorist driving past witnessed the scene and called 911 to report a trooper in distress.

One of the troopers witnessed Brown outside of Master Trooper Walker’s patrol car, still brandishing a weapon. Gunfire was exchanged between the responding trooper and Brown, before the suspect fled on foot into the woods. He was later arrested.

Russell Brown, 28, has been charged with one count of capital murder of a police officer, one count of attempted capital murder of a police officer, and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony, police said in a press release distributed early Friday morning.

Brown, who was not injured in the incident, is currently being held without bond at the Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta, Va.

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