Multistate crime spree leaves 2 dead, 3 wounded

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a father and son’s multistate crime spree left a North Carolina couple dead and their home torched before the suspects were caught after a New Year’s Day shootout that wounded two police officers in West Virginia.

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 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.

The officers and suspect were hospitalized with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

Police say the officers involved were Lt. Jeromy Dove, a 16-year veteran and patrolman Nicholas Sams, about three weeks out of training.

Both were wearing bulletproof vests and are on temporary administrative leave.


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