RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–Family, friends and colleagues of slain Virginia State Master Trooper, Junius A. Walker, are busy preparing for Tuesday’s memorial service.
A large contingency of officers from across the Commonwealth will take part in funeral services at Good Shepherd Baptist Church and the processional that will follow.
Walker was gunned down Thursday afternoon along Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County while responding to a vehicle on the side of the road.
“I believe this will be the biggest funeral anybody has ever seen,” says Dinwiddie County Sheriff Donald “Duck” Adams.
Adams, a friend of nearly 30 years, says it’s been difficult for several officers to maintain their composer while assisting in the criminal investigation.
“It’s going to be hard on us all because every time I talk about it, tears come to my eyes,” Adams says.
While Virginia State Police prepare a fitting memorial, investigators with VSP are conducting an intense investigation as they dig for more crucial evidence in the case.
Russell E. Brown, age 28, is charged with Capitol Murder of a police officer, attempted capital murder of a police officer and use of a firearm in committing a felony.
According to an affidavit and search warrant filed in Chesterfield County Circuit Court, police have impounded Brown’s 2000 Lincoln LS in their evidence lot.
According to the warrant, police found the following items inside the suspect’s car:
- -Shell casings (4)
- -Purple case with plant material inside
- -Plant material
- -Glass fragments from passenger window
- -Partially empty pepsi bottle
- -swabs of red stains
- -swabs of black/green stains
- -possible human tissue
According to the affidavit, on March 7, Trooper Walker pulled up beside the Lincoln LS parked on I-85 near the 45-mile marker. At 1:30pm, a call was made, by a civilian, for shots fired. The court document indicates that the responding trooper arrived on scene and found Brown standing outside of Walker’s car and firing a weapon into it.
The responding officer fired shots at the suspect before the suspect was able to escape into the nearby woods.
Brown was apprehended, naked, by Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Deputies a short time later in the back of a Toyota Camry located at Bishops Towing in McKenney.