Trooper shooting suspect: "God made me do it"

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The man accused of murdering a Virginia State Police trooper told police "God told him to do it," according to court documents.

According to the documents, Russell E. Brown III opened fire at Master Trooper Junius A. Walker while Walker was sitting is his patrol car on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie on March 7. A civilian called 911 and reported the shots fired. When a responding trooper arrived he said Brown was standing outside Walker's car was still firing into it. The responding trooper shot at Brown, who then ran into the woods, taking off his clothes and dropping his firearm and magazine along the way.

The documents state that Dinwiddie Sheriff's deputies found Brown 38 minutes later, naked in the back of a light green Toyota Camry at Bishop's Towing in McKenney and arrested him.

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According to the documents, when Brown was taken to the Dinwiddie Sheriff's Office for questioning, he waived his rights and spoke to Virginia State Police agents. The documents state Brown said, "...he knew this was going to happen because God told him to do it. Russell Brown stated that the Virginia State Police Special Agent that was interviewing him was next (as in killing him)." The documents also reveal that Brown told the agent he'd smoked marijuana on the morning of the shooting.

The documents state Brown's grandmother told police that she had spoken to him on the phone numerous times for the past four weeks and he talked about the Bible, which is unlike him. Brown's landlord at the time also reported that he, "...had not acted like himself and she felt that something was not right," in the two weeks prior to the shooting.

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Search warrants on Brown's car found residue of a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana and several rolled cigars. A magazine containing two live rounds was also found in the drivers' side floor board.

Family members also indicate there were possible signs of trouble leading up to last week's deadly shooting.

Brown is going to appear in court again on Monday.

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