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03-29-08, 12:02 PM #1
VSP Trooper Shot
This is a very rural area where guys work alone. This could have gone very badly, glad he's recovering.
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Virginia Trooper Shot; Search For Man In WV
State Police in Virginia and West Virginia are looking for a man who shot a Virginia State Police trooper Friday.
Virginia State Trooper Richard Hughes was attempting to serve a warrant in Glen Lyn, Va. at the home Steven Dale Branscome. Branscome took off in his car after the trooper arrived and Trooper Hughes gave chase. It continued into Mercer County, West Virginia where Branscone wrecked his vehicle.
A foot chase followed and West Virginia State Police say Branscome shot Trooper Hughes in the neck.
Troopers in several southern West Virginia detachments spent Friday night and Saturday looking for Branscome in a wooded area near the state line. They say he is armed and dangerous.
Trooper Hughes did not suffer life-threatening injuries. He was treated and released from an area hospital.
Virginia State Police planned to arrest Branscome originally on theft charges from several Virginia counties.Pleasing nobody, one person at a time.
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03-29-08, 12:05 PM #2
Best wishes for the trooper's recovery.
03-29-08, 12:25 PM #3
03-29-08, 12:33 PM #4
I'm glad he's doing okay. I hope they terminate this scumbag.
03-29-08, 01:25 PM #5
The suspect is from my county and my agency has been searching for him for a week and a half. We got info that he stated he would not go back to prison. They said the trooper would have be paralyzed if the bullet had been a half inch closer.
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Well wishes to the VA Trooper. Being from West Virginia and having had the pleasure to spend some time in the southern part of the state and knowing those guys, I sure hope thats where they catch him, West Virginia Troopers, Deputies or City Officers you know how to make him feel......welcomeStay safe, let's all go home.
03-29-08, 07:58 PM #8
Glad to hear the Trooper is going to be okay.Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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03-29-08, 09:24 PM #9
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03-29-08, 09:36 PM #10
Glad to hear nothing life threatening.......happy hunting boys!!!!!!!!
04-08-08, 01:41 AM #11
Best wishes for a quick and full recovery...Calm Like A Bomb...
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They caught the suspect in Texas...
STATE TROOPER SHOOTING
Virginia Suspect Arrested in Texas After Standoff
A southwestern Virginia man accused of shooting a Virginia state trooper was arrested Sunday in northeastern Texas.
Virginia State Police officials said Steven D. Branscome was arrested about 12:40 a.m. after a brief standoff at a hotel in New Boston, Tex.
Branscome is being held in the Bowie County jail pending extradition proceedings.
State police said Texas officers also recovered a van that was stolen Wednesday from a Statesville, N.C., church. The van was in the parking lot of the hotel.
Branscome, 32, of Barren Springs, Va., faces several charges in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, including grand larceny in at least four vehicle thefts.
He is charged with malicious wounding and wanton endangerment in the March 28 shooting of Virginia trooper Richard Hughes in West Virginia, just across the state border from Giles County, Va.
Hughes was not seriously injured.
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