***UPDATED at 12:34 P.M. on Wednesday, August 26th***
Roanoke, VA – A post on the Virginia State Police Facebook page says the suspect in the Wednesday morning deadly shooting of a WDBJ reporter and photojournalist is now in custody.
Read the text of the post below:
Shortly before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police spotted the suspect vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 66. With emergency lights activated the Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle refused to stop and sped away from the trooper. Minutes later, the suspect vehicle ran off the road and crashed. The troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound. He is being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
The male driver is believed to be the same male subject who shot three people this morning in Franklin County during a television news interview.
Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were shot and killed as they interviewed Vicki Gardner live on air at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to reports, Gardner was shot in the back and underwent surgery.
The suspect is identified as 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan. CNN reported that he was a former employee and went by the name of Bryce Williams on air.
We will continue to follow this developing story and provide the latest information as it becomes available.
***POSTED at 12:10 P.M. on Wednesday, August 26th***
Roanoke, VA (WSLS 10) – The suspect in the shooting death of two WDBJ7 crew members shot himself, according to reports.
A Virginia State Police spokesperson issued a correction on the status of the gunman. Vester Lee Flanagan was alive after being shot and in very critical condition.
Authorities with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office just confirmed they are looking for Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, 6’3?, 250 lbs, light skinned black male.
CNN is reporting Flanagan is a former employee who had been fired. He went by the name Bryce Williams on air.