Virginia Police Shooting Suspect Says God Made Him Do It

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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L-R: Russell E. Brown (courtesy Meherrin River Regional Jail); Trooper Junius A. Walker

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The man charged in the shooting death of a Virginia state trooper told investigators God made him do it, according to court documents.

The suspect, Russell E. Brown, 28, also said one of the agents interviewing him would be the next to die.

Those details were included in an affidavit used to search Brown's Chesterfield County apartment last week. Police wrote in the affidavit that Brown had called his grandmother several times in the weeks leading up to the killing to talk about the Bible, which was uncharacteristic of him.

Brown, 28, is charged with capital murder in last Thursday's shooting death of Master Trooper Junius A. Walker in Dinwiddie County. He also faces two firearms counts and an attempted capital murder charge for allegedly shooting at another trooper.

Walker, 63, was shot to death last week on Interstate 85. On Tuesday, nearly 3,000 mourners gathered to remember him.

“He was a man of unmistakable integrity, great character, and he was a genuinely kind person,” Col. W. Steven Flaherty, the state police superintendent, told the capacity crowd. “He was built like a grizzly bear, but he had the disposition of a teddy bear.”

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