LEWISBURG, W.Va. (AP) – Police have identified two men they say shot at officers who pulled them over and found two bodies in one of their stolen vehicles.
West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said Friday that the suspects are 21-year-old Eric Campbell and 54-year-old Edward Campbell from Texas. Police have said the two reported that they’re father and son.
State Police say officers pulled over a truck and an SUV around 4 p.m. Thursday on a highway outside Lewisburg.
Police say the truck’s driver opened fire, wounding both officers. Police say suspect Edward Campbell was the shooter and also was injured.
Authorities took both men into custody and say two recently deceased bodies were inside the truck.
An emergency dispatch official says the officers and suspect were hospitalized with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
State Police didn’t 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.
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