Father, Son in Custody After Multi-State Crime Spree
Authorities say they have captured a father and son who went on a crime spree across two states, killing a couple in North Carolina before shooting two police officers in West Virginia.
Police say that yesterday officers pulled over the son, who was driving an SUV with stolen plates. During the stop, the father pulled over in a truck and began shooting at the officers, wounding both.
An officer returned fire, hitting the gunman in the leg. Both suspects fled, but are now in custody.
Police say during a search of the suspects' two vehicles, they found two bodies under a mattress in the bed of the trunk.
State Police did not immediately identify the victims, but North Carolina's Granville County Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins Jr. told Raleigh TV station WRAL that the bodies were those of Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife, Dora Faulkner, 62.
The sheriff told the station that the two suspects burst into the Faulkners' home near Oak Hill on Thursday morning, set the house on fire and took the couple and their SUV.
Wilkins said it was not immediately clear why the two were targeted or whether they were killed in the initial attack or sometime later.
The Associated Press could not immediately reach Wilkins late Thursday.
The two Lewisburg officers and the suspected shooter were being treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, Donna Hinkle, administrator of the Greenbrier County 911 center, told the AP.
The two suspects will be arrested on charges of malicious assault and attempted murder of a police officer in Greenbrier County, according to the news release.
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