Jan 2, 2015: 4:04am EST
West Virginia State Police said they have found two dead bodies in the red pickup truck that was involved with the shooting of two Lewisburg police officers Thursday afternoon.
A release by West Virginia State Police said two recently deceased bodies were discovered under a mattress in the bed of the red pickup truck.
Troopers initially believed the victims were from North Carolina.
Granville County, N.C. Sheriff Brindell B. Wilkins Jr. confirmed the victims were from Oak Hill, N.C.
Wilkins said Jerome Faulkner, 73, and his wife Dora, 62, were at their home near Oak Hill when two men burst in at about 7 a.m., set their house on fire and took the couple and their SUV.
Wilkins said at this point he believes this was a random crime, but an investigation is ongoing.
Jan 1, 2015: 10:04pm EST
Two Lewisburg police officers were being treated at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center Thursday night after they were shot during a traffic stop at around 4 p.m. on Interstate 64 near the Lewisburg exit.
State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said the officers pulled over a white Chevrolet SUV and found out the vehicle had a stolen North Carolina license plate. The driver of a red truck, who had pulled over at the same time, pulled out a gun and shot at the officers. Both were wounded. One of the officers fired back and injured the gunman in the leg.
Lt. Baylous said as the driver of the white SUV took off, the shooter ran into the woods and was arrested a few minutes later by a Greenbrier County deputy. The SUV driver turned himself in about 90 minutes after the shooting. He had driven a few miles west on the interstate and pulled behind a guardrail.
While searching the bed of the shooter’s red truck police found two dead bodies hidden underneath a mattress. Baylous said it’s believed both victims were from North Carolina.