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Shell casings, plant material and possible human tissue found in car of man accused of shooting trooper

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Posted at 11:09 PM, Mar 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-11 23:09:50-04

Dinwiddie County, Va. --NewsChannel 3 has just learned what police found in the accused gunman's car after Trooper J.A. Walker was killed.

As police officers from jurisdictions across Virginia prepare for the funeral of Master Trooper J.A. Walker, a 35-year veteran of the Virginia state police, close friend and Dinwiddie Sheriff Donald Adams says officers are trying their best to keep their composure.

"It's going to be tough on us because every time I talk about it, tears come to my eyes because it's sad to lose a member of the law enforcement community,” says Sheriff Adams.

While state police are preparing for funeral services at division headquarters, they're also leading the investigation into the trooper's tragic death on Thursday afternoon.

According to an affidavit, on March 7th Trooper Walker pulled up beside a Lincoln LS parked on I-85 near the 45-mile marker.

At 1:30, a call was made for shots fired by a civilian. According to the document, the responding trooper arrived on the scene and found 28-year-old Russell Brown standing outside of Walker's car and firing a weapon into it.

The responding officer fired shots at the suspect, but Russell was able to escape into the nearby woods before being apprehended by Dinwiddie authorities a short time later.

According to a search warrant, state police discovered several items inside of Russell's Lincoln including shell casings, plant material, swabs of red, black and green stains and possible human tissue.

Sheriff Adams says he can say little about the investigation but feels confident investigators will leave no stone unturned.

Just before 5 pm on Friday evening, police searched Russell's apartment behind the old Cloverleaf Mall; however, police have not yet released the findings of that warrant.

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