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PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Services have been set for a Virginia State Police trooper fatally shot Thursday during an Interstate 85 traffic stop in Dinwiddie.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says a wake for 63-year-old Master Trooper Junius A. Walker will be held Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Baptist Church in Petersburg.

Funeral services for the 35-year State Police veteran are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be for family only.

Officials say 28-year-old Russell E. Brown III of Chesterfield is charged with capital murder and two felony firearms counts. He's also charged with attempted capital murder for allegedly exchanging gunfire with another trooper.

Prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty.

Brown is being held without bond at the Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta.

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DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) -- A Dinwiddie County prosecutor says she will seek the death penalty against the man charged in the shooting death of a Virginia state trooper.

Commonwealth's Attorney Lisa Caruso announced her intentions Friday at Russell Ervin Brown's arraignment. The 28-year-old Chesterfield County man is charged with capital murder in Thursday's slaying of 63-year-old Master Trooper Junius Walker.

According to media reports, Brown said in court that he expects to be executed.

Attorney Joseph Teefey was appointed to represent Brown, whose next court appearance is March 18.

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DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police have identified a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a trooper during a traffic stop.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says 28-year-old Russell E. Brown of Chesterfield was found hiding at a business about a half-mile from where Master Trooper Junius A. Walker was shot off Interstate 85 on Thursday.

Geller says Brown has been charged with one count each of capital murder of a police officer and two felony firearm counts.

Brown is being held without bond at the Meherrin River Regional Jail in Alberta. It wasn't known whether he has an attorney.

The 63-year-old Walker was a 35-year State Police veteran.

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DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell says a trooper involved in a shooting along Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County has died.

McDonnell says 40-year state police veteran Master Trooper Junius Walker was shot while on duty on Thursday.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says Walker was shot multiple times around 1:30 p.m. He called for backup, and a trooper who arrived within two minutes saw a male suspect shooting into Walker's car. The second trooper fired at the suspect, who fled into the woods on foot.

The suspect was arrested before 2 p.m. Charges are pending.

Geller says authorities are working to determine if another suspect was involved in the shooting, near the 45-mile marker.

A portion of the interstate remains closed while police investigate.

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