11 a.m. Sept. 30, 2015 UPDATE:
Officials with the West Virginia State Police have released new information regarding a fatal officer involved shooting on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2015. According to a release, at around 3:30 p.m. a trooper with the WV Turnpike detachment of the State Police spotted a blue Dodge Intrepid that was possibly related to a murder investigation out of Georgia.
The trooper lost track of the car near the Harper Road exit, but was alerted by a road maintenance crew that the car was spotted getting back onto I-77 North from the Harper Road exit. Troopers were able to set up spike strips to stop the car. When the suspect got out of the vehicle, he pointed a handgun at troopers, who responded by firing their weapons. The suspect, Brandon Johnson, 28, of Snellville, GA was taken to Raleigh General Hospital where he died of his injuries. The body was taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for Autopsy.
ORIGINAL STORY: The West Virginia Turnpike was shut down at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 after there were reports of shots being fired. It happened in the northbound lanes between mile marker 46 and 48.
According to Lt. Michael Baylous with the West Virginia State Police, this was an officer involved shooting. According to State Police the victim is Brandon Johnson, a fugitive from Georgia who was wanted for murder. He was driving a dark blue Dodge Intrepid. Investigators said it started as a traffic stop. Johnson apparently got out of the car with a weapon, that is when troopers opened fire. No troopers were injured in the incident.
Johnson was taken to Raleigh General Hospital. State Police are being told he is dead, however, the hospital has not confirmed that information.
A release from the Rockdale Sheriff’s Department in Georgia, Johnson was the key suspect in the murder of Pamela Harmon, 57, of Covington, GA. She was found dead outside the Goodwill Donation Center on Oglesby Ridge Road at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Harmon had worked at Goodwill for more than 10 years. Johnson was a former employee of the organization.
State Troopers say one lane of the the West Virginia Turnpike was reopened at around 5:30 p.m. All lanes of the interstate were expected to be back open soon. The incident is under investigation by Troop 6 and the Turnpike detachment of the West Virginia State Police.