WV State Police fatally shoot murder suspect on Turnpike


West Virginia State Police fatally shot a murder suspect out of Georgia after troopers say he exited his vehicle with a firearm Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 77 in Raleigh County.

The shooting followed a pursuit by police, said Lt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the man, 28-year-old Brandon Lamar Johnson, of DeKalb County, Georgia, allegedly shot his former co-worker Tuesday outside a Goodwill store in Rockdale County, Georgia, then drove 500 miles before he was shot by police in West Virginia.

Police shot Johnson near the 49 mile marker of the Turnpike, not far from the North Beckley exit, Baylous said. The northbound lanes in the area were closed following the incident but were re-opened by about 5:30 p.m.

No officers were injured.

Baylous said he would not give any more information until Wednesday morning.

A Turnpike employee confirmed that a shot was fired and police were involved in Raleigh County, but did not have any other information available.

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