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Learn more about GA woman murdered by suspect shot dead by police on I-77


ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA(WXIA)-A loving wife and mother...57 year old Pamela Harmon was found face down, shot and killed just steps from this Goodwill Donation Center she was about to open Tuesday morning.

"Our entire team is very shocked," says one employee of the Goodwill Donation Center in Rockdale County Sheriff's Office. "It's hard for us at Goodwill to experience the loss of one of our own, and in such a tragic way. I ask that the community continue to lift her family in your prayers."


Sheriff's investigators say Harmon's killer was a former employee, Brandon Johnson, 28, who was transferred from this location after complaints. Friends of the victim say he'd been caught stealing things that were donated.

While Pamela Harmon wasn't necessarily his boss, she worked at Goodwill for 11 years and was known by almost everyone as the face of that drop off location.

"From my understanding, she was a good employee in fact I've even had some dealings with her, donating to that location. She was always pleasant, and that's...the type of character she exhibited to everyone," says official from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.


Official news release from the West Virginia State Police:

Beckley, West Virginia – On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at approximately 3:30pm, a Trooper assigned to the Parkways Authority spotted a blue Dodge Intrepid traveling at a high rate of speed, north on Interstate 77, in Raleigh County, West Virginia. The Trooper noticed that the vehicle fit the description of a vehicle possibly related to a murder investigation in Rockdale County, GA. The Trooper was unsuccessful in his attempt to catch up with the vehicle and considered that the driver may have exited Interstate 77 at the Harper Road Exit. The Trooper parked his cruiser in the median, north of the Harper Road Exit and continued to watch for the vehicle.

A short time later, a road maintenance crew member who was monitoring radio traffic spotted the vehicle on the Interstate 77 north entrance ramp at Harper Road. Troopers attempted to perform a felony traffic stop on the vehicle; however, the driver took off as the Troopers were conducting the stop. The Trooper parked in the median, north of the initial traffic stop, set up spike strips in the roadway. The spike strips were successful in disabling the vehicle and causing the driver to stop his vehicle near the 47 mile marker.

When the driver exited his vehicle, he immediately pointed a handgun at the Troopers. Troopers responded to the threat and fired their weapons. The suspect, Mr. Brandon L. Johnson (28 years of age, from Snellville, GA) died at Raleigh General Hospital as a result of the wounds he received. His body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.


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